Naloxone Resources

In 2014, the Overdose Treatment Act, became law in California. It allows lay people to possess and administer prescription naloxone to someone in urgent need who is experiencing life-threatening respiratory depression from excessive opiate use. Doctors may provide the prescription to the intended patient, a friend, family member, health care worker, or to a member of the community at large without even having met the intended recipient. Both the doctor and the lay person receive legal protection.  Naloxone is a nonscheduled, non-addictive, safe, and inexpensive prescription medication which is becoming available in pharmacies throughout the state in nasal spray and injectable forms. To learn how to use it safely requires minimal instruction.

Webinar: Naloxone for Opioid Safety: A Tool in California for Saving Lives (free, includes CME Credit)

Presented by Phillip Coffin, MD, Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Eliza Wheeler, MA, MS, Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project (DOPE), San Francisco
(55 minutes)

(recorded March 27, 2014)

CSAM Videos

Talking About Naloxone in a Primary Care or Pain Management Setting
Presented by Phillip Coffin, MD
Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health
(3 minutes)

Talking About Naloxone in a Substance Abuse Treatment Setting
Presented by Eliza Wheeler, MA, MS
Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project (DOPE), San Francisco
(5 minutes)

Inside the "Naloxone Kit"
Presented by Eliza Wheeler, MA, MS
Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project (DOPE), San Francisco
(5 minutes)

Other Naloxone Videos from Prescribe to Prevent


Resources for Prescribers

Resources for Recipients

Resources for Families

  • Learn to Cope: online discussion forum for parents of drug users 
    http://www.learn2cope.org/

  • Grief Recovery from a Substance Passing (GRASP), for people who have lost a loved one to overdose
    http://grasphelp.org/

  • Broken No More, a support group and advocacy organization for parents interested in advocating for drug policy reform
    http://broken-no-more.org/

  • Al-anon and Nar-anon, 12 step recovery groups for families and friends affected by another person’s drinking or drug use

Research

  • Research updates and other overdose-related news
    www.overdosepreventionalliance.org
  • Project Lazarus: community-based overdose prevention in rural North Carolina. Albert S, Brason FW, 2nd, Sanford CK, Dasgupta N, Graham J, Lovette B.  Pain Med. Jun 2011;12 Suppl 2:S77-85 [Link on Pub Med] Addresses naloxone for pain patients.
  • Opioid overdose rates and implementation of overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution in Massachusetts: interrupted time series analysis. Walley, et al, BMJ. 2013 Jan 30;346:f174. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f174. [full text]
  • Cost-effectiveness of distributing naloxone to heroin users for lay overdose reversal. Coffin PO, Sullivan SD.  Ann Intern Med. 2013 Jan 1;158(1):1-9 [link to abstract]
  • Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone — United States, 2010, Eliza Wheeler, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 17, 2012 [link]