SAMHSA Releases Opiod Overdose Prevention Toolkit
SAMHSA recently released the Opiod Overdose Prevention Toolkit. The kit is free and equips communities and local governments with material to develop policies and practices to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Addresses issues for first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.
This kit includes:
- Information for Providers
- Essentials for First Responders
- Facts for Community Members
- Safety Advice for Patients
- Resources for Overdose Survivors and Family Members
The Opioid Overdose Toolkit educates community members, first responders, opioid prescribers, patients, family members, and overdose survivors on ways to prevent and intervene in an opioid overdose situation. The toolkit explains how to use the drug naloxone to prevent overdose-related deaths.
Anyone who uses opioids for long-term management of pain may be at risk for overdose, as are those who use heroin. The good news is we now know that the drug naloxone can be used as an antidote to opioid overdose and can prevent opioid-related deaths when administered in a medically appropriate and timely manner.