One of the most common questions that NC Harm Reduction Coalition receives regarding our naloxone distribution program (which has distributed over 10,500 kits from 8/1/13 to 6/10/15, resulting in 586 reported drug overdose reversals) is:
“How do you keep track of how many people have used the kits to reverse a drug overdose?”
Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kit to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again. Most drug users, already reluctant to admit to activity due to social stigma, will use the kit and never tell anyone unless they have an established, trusting relationship with the person or organization who gave them the kit. So how can you tell if your program is actually working? (And how to you report success to funders)?
The following are a few tips on how to track the number of kits used, as well as some information on the limitations of reporting:”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – June 10, 2015