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. CCPH 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 CCPH 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.
Overdose Prevention and Response training and naloxone kits are available to individuals at the CCPH Harm Reduction Center during Syringe Services hours:
Mondays and Wednesdays 3-6 pm
Fridays 2-5 pm
Closed on State and Federal holidays. See the Harm Reduction Syringe Services page for closures.
We offer three versions of overdose response and naloxone administration training. For all trainings, participants complete an individual training completion form and may receive a naloxone kit if they wish.
- Individual training (10-15 minutes)
- Brief and focused group training (30-45 minutes)
- In-Depth group training (1.5-2 hours)
Individuals can get training at the Harm Reduction Center during Syringe Services hours, at a public training, or call and schedule training. Organizations may also request a 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.
No upcoming trainings at this time
Overdose Response and Naloxone Resources
The Center for Opioid Safety Education (COSE) at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse 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 here.
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 9-1-1 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. Click here for overdose response instructions in English. Instructions in other languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Spanish and simplified Chinese.
Washington now has a statewide standing order to dispense naloxone. Naloxone is covered by Medicaid in Washington State, and naloxone can be dispensed at pharmacies without a prescription. You may contact your local pharmacy to get a naloxone kit.
Addiction and Harm Reduction Resources
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.
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute 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.