Overdose Prevention & NARCAN Trainings

COVID-19 UPDATE
*As of June 15, 2020
  • Professional and group harm reduction/NARCAN training will continue virtually. Supplies can be ordered and delivered to you directly.
  • Harm reduction education and supply distribution for individuals and families can take place in-person at our office in Arlington Heights or virtually via GoToMeeting. If in-person, participants will have their temperature taken at the door and must wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one for you. If your temperature if over 100 degrees, we will need to reschedule or switch to a virtual format.
  • Supply delivery is available to anyone in northern Illinois. We can mail out supplies to anyone outside of that area across the U.S. We will do our best to connect you with your local harm reduction outreach agency. 
  • Reach out to Ana Gossman, Director of Harm Reduction Outreach Services, to access any of the services mentioned above at 224-297-4393 or [email protected] 

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What is Naloxone/NARCAN? 

Naloxone is an easy-to-use, lifesaving antidote to overdose from opioids including heroin, prescription pain medications like Vicodin and oxycodone, and medically assisted treatment options like methadone and buprenorphine. Used in hospitals for decades, the medication has no abuse potential, costs as little as one dollar for a lifesaving dose and can be administered with basic training. Please visit naloxoneinfo.org for more info.

Who can get trained to administer Naloxone?
According to Illinois’ Overdose Prevention Act, any layperson can get trained. This will allow them to possess and administer Naloxone to a person having an overdose. This also allows us to train individuals who can then go on to train other individuals (this is called the “train the trainer” model).

1naloxone-kitHow does one get Naloxone?
From us! Our skillful Naloxone educators provide FREE training for community members at our Community Resource Center (CRC). Training is held on a first-come-first-served basis. All trainees leave with a free Naloxone kit and an overdose prevention educational packet. We also provide private learning experiences for groups, businesses, and organizations. Training for professional audiences are not free of charge and can be arranged through Ana Gossman, Director of Harm Reduction Outreach Services at [email protected] or 844.584.5254 x805.

What will you learn about/take away from each training?

  • Details of the 911 Good Samaritan Law and Naloxone Act
  • Signs and symptoms of opioid use, misuse, and addiction
  • Effects of opioids on the brain and body
  • How to recognize when someone is overdosing on opioids
  • How to reverse an opioid overdose
  • The support and resources available for individuals and their loved ones.

Private training and training-of-trainers sessions for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits:
We offer private comprehensive and customized training for local treatment facilities, police departments, businesses, school staff, legislators, and beyond. Our trainings last approximately two hours with a thirty-minute set-up time. Pricing is based on training time and can come in the form of a tax-deductible donation. We offer reduced rates for nonprofit organizations. To schedule, email [email protected] or 844.584.5254 x805. All trainings are be held virtually. There will be no in-person trainings available at this time.