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January 28, 2021

Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Programs in Jails

This webinar covers the fundamentals of overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs and the experience of implementing these programs in a correctional setting to support incarcerated individuals who use drugs to prevent overdose-related fatalities upon their release. Implementing OEND programs in jails and prisons is a crucial next step in providing substance use education and life-saving training to individuals in this otherwise inaccessible and high-risk population.

Some research has estimated that approximately 65 percent of the U.S. prison population have an active substance use disorder (SUD).  Additionally, research has shown that incarcerated individuals have a 129 times higher risk of experiencing a fatal overdose during the first two weeks of their release back into the general public.  Due to the nature of drug use in the U.S., two of the biggest obstacles in providing overdose education and naloxone to people who use drugs are 1) locating them and engaging in a non-threatening way and 2) providing training and naloxone when they are available and willing to take part.  The correctional setting provides a unique environment to overcome both of these obstacles.

During this webinar, participants can learn more about the essential elements of developing, implementing, and evaluating effective OEND programs as well as lessons learned from an overdose education program in a Wilmington, North Carolina, jail.

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this presentation, click here.

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