The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) developed a series of trainings on harm reduction and overdose prevention for staff and community-based contractors who work with people who use drugs (PWUD). These elearning modules aim to reduce drug overdoses in San Francisco and elsewhere by training staff and community members on harm reduction strategies and how to reverse overdoses.

Opioid Overdose Recognition and Response

This module provides a foundational understanding of how the body reacts to an overdose and how the naloxone nasal spray works to reverse a drug overdose to save someone’s life. By the end of the module, you will be able to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose using naloxone.

Learning Objectives

After completing the course on “Opioid Overdose Recognition and Response,” the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the drugs, and other risk factors, that can lead to overdoses.
  • Determine the type of drug overdoses that can be reversed by naloxone.
  • Recognize the signs of an opioid overdose.
  • Respond to an opioid overdose.
  • Administer naloxone.