Save-A-Life: Prevent Opioid Overdose with Naloxone
1. Washington State Department of Health. Drug Abuse and Overdose.
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Naloxne Poster Final

Published on: Mar 3, 2016

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  • 1. Save-A-Life: Prevent Opioid Overdose with Naloxone 1. Washington State Department of Health. Drug Abuse and Overdose. Updated March 2014. Accessed April 14, 2015. 2. University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute. Opioid trends across Washington State. Updated April 2015. Accessed April 14, 2015. 3. Drug Policy Alliance. Expanding Access to Naloxone: reducing fatal overdose, saving lives. reducing-fatal-overdose-saving-lives. Updated: April 2012. Accessed April 14, 2015. 4. The Oregonian. Washington heroin use, deaths increase, especially among young people. Published: June 12, 2013. Accessed April 14, 2015 Drug overdose is a serious and growing problem in the United States. Over 100 people die every day from a drug overdose in the United. The rates have tripled since 1990 and increased over 140 percent from 2000 to 2008. In Washington State, over 600 deaths occur annually from drug overdose. Illicit drugs, such as heroin, is not the primary factor for the growing crisis. Prescription drug overdoses, to opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, kill more people than illicit drugs combined. Naloxone is a highly effective and safe medication that can reverse opioid drug overdose and help to save a life. In order to reduce opioid overdose deaths in Washington State, Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy has created an innovative large audience naloxone training model based off the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) naloxone toolkit to educate and train college aged students on how to identify and prevent drug overdose. Dr. Shannon Panther presented information about naloxone and her research project which focused on increased awareness about opioid overdose and reversal. Fourteen student pharmacists felt compelled to teach others about naloxone as a worthwhile endeavor and thus became a team of advocates and trainers. Through multiple meetings held over the course of three months, each student pharmacist learned about naloxone: how it works, how to use it, its impact in communities across the country, and how to recruit those who are not in the healthcare field to be trained in its use. Due to the many diverse experiences of each student pharmacist, the team members were able to present the information about naloxone to others that struck a chord and an interest to learn more about opioid overdose prevention and the life saving effects of naloxone.  150 students were recruited for WSU’s Save-A-Life Naloxone Safety Net Project.  74 students were trained  28 responded to a follow-up email sent six months after the training  Of those respondents o 93% said they felt they were prepared to assist someone with drug overdose o 96% said the training helped them recognize signs that an individual is at risk for drug overdose o 100% said they would recommend the training to others o 75% stated they had educated others about naloxone. Providing drug overdose education and naloxone kits to students is just one step in the process to make naloxone widely available to the public. In the future, we would like to see naloxone kits and education provided to people at higher risk for overdose (such as people in opioid Treatment Programs). Naloxone kits would also greatly benefit rural areas because of the slower emergency response time. We hope to someday see widespread access to naloxone kits and training programs. In the meantime, raising awareness and providing education about naloxone is small, but important step, in the fight to decrease deaths caused by drug overdose. Staging and Recruitment: Intending to grab a passerby’s attention, the WSU pharmacy team staged an overdose on the Pullman campus using a mannequin in a body bag, police tape and a squad car. Student pharmacist discussed the scene with others bringing awareness to the problem Promotional pens resembling syringes and flyers containing a website link were handed out which training information and to address questions. Training day: The program began with a naloxone presentation given by Dr. Panther. Naloxone has been around since the 70’s, the only difference now is the delivery system. Nasal administration technique is easy to do, requires less training, and no chance of needle stick compared to intramuscular injection. Following the presentation, each pharmacy student then took a group of participants’ and led them in a hands on breakout session. Participants practiced noxious stimuli, such as sternal rub, checking for symptoms of overdose, and placed each other in a rescue position. Kit assembly was demonstrated in the small groups and the participants used the nasal atomizer to know how it feels. At the end of the breakout, each participant received their own naloxone rescue kit. The kit included, two doses of naloxone, a nasal atomizer, a rescue breathing face shield, and an easy to read brochure of the information covered with pictures for reference in an emergency. Naloxone Pictures: Photographer: Jacque Garza

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