Evaluation of the overdose education and naloxone distribution program of the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition

Dinah A. Lewis, Ju Nyeong Park, Laura Vail, Mark Sine, Christopher Welsh, Susan G. Sherman

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Abstract

Although historically the majority of overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs have targeted opioid users, states are increasingly passing laws that enable third-party prescriptions of naloxone to individuals who may be able to respond to an overdose, including friends and family members of individuals who use opioids. In this report, we discuss the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC) OEND program,Maryland's first community-based, state-authorized training program under a new law allowing third-party naloxone prescription. In an 8-month pilot period, 250 free naloxone kits were distributed, and 3 overdose reversals were reported to BSHRC. Trainings were effective in increasing self-efficacy surrounding overdose prevention and response, which appears to persist at up to 12 months following the training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1246
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume106
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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