“Harm Reduction Coalition’s Eliza Wheeler says “Access to naloxone should be low-threshold and does not require extensive instruction.” New research says: brief is effective.
New evidence released today suggests that 5-10 minutes of education is all it takes to effectively recognize and respond to an overdose with the lifesaving drug naloxone.
The findings, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, contribute to a growing body of evidence that brief overdose education to opioid users is sufficient for effective naloxone distribution.
The study found that:
- Recognition, response and administration of naloxone for an overdose significantly increased after brief education among first-time recipients.
- Knowledge of appropriate responses to an overdose was high, with 96% of participants identifying at least one acceptable action to assess and one acceptable action to respond to an opioid overdose.
- A significant increase in the correct assembly and proper administration of naloxone after brief education
- A high level of knowledge on overdose recognition and response was retained following the brief education.
Source: HarmReduction.org – January 28, 2015