Overdose Prevention and Response

Clark County Public Health (CCPH) Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program works to empower individuals with the training and tools needed to prevent overdose deaths. Overdose Prevention and Response trainers teach people from all backgrounds how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.

Everyone who goes through the Overdose Prevention and Response training may receive a kit containing naloxone, a lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of opioids for overdose victims. CCPH provides training sessions and naloxone kits free of charge; there is no cost for anyone to attend training and learn how to save a life.

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Overdose response and naloxone administration training and   naloxone kits are available to individuals at the Harm Reduction   Center during Syringe Services hours.  See the Harm Reduction   Syringe Services page for hours.

We offer two versions of Overdose Prevention and  Response training for community members and organizations. Remote training through Zoom makes it possible for participants to join from their device (computer, phone) wherever they are.

Naloxone training

Training participants complete a training completion form, and may receive a free naloxone kit if they wish. 

  • Brief and focused training: How to recognize and response to an opioid overdose (15-20 minutes)
  • Expanded training: Includes a presentation with videos and review of overdose response and naloxone administration (1-1.5 hours)

Schedule training

To schedule an Overdose Prevention and Response training, please complete this form. We ask that a request for training be submitted at least two weeks before the requested date.

Overdose response and naloxone resources

The Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, and Research (CEDEER) at the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington state who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose. Learn about opioid overdose and the Good Samaritan Law, get resources or watch a training video at Stopoverdose.org

Washington State Department of Health overdose education and naloxone distribution

Naloxone is a medication that can save lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are substances that reduce pain and with high doses suppress breathing. Some opioids are methadone, Oxycontin®, Vicodin®, and illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Naloxone can be administered nasally using Narcan® or intramuscularly.

Washington’s Good Samaritan Law provides some protection when calling 911 to save a life — even if drugs are at the scene. (RCW 69.50.315). You should give naloxone to anyone who has taken drugs and may be overdosing. Someone who is overdosing may stop breathing or their breathing may be slow and labored.

Act fast! An overdose is life threatening. Give naloxone even if you do not know what kind of drugs a person took. Naloxone will only work on opioids, but there is no harm if they took a different kind of drug.

Overdose response instructions are provided in English in this handout.
Instructions in other languages:  RussianUkrainianVietnameseSpanish and simplified Chinese.

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The Harm Reduction Coalition was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates and drug users. Today, we are strengthened by an extensive and diverse network of allies who challenge the persistent stigma faced by people who use drugs and advocate for policy and public health reform.

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The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to advance research, policy, and practice; in order to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and abuse.