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Increasing Naloxone Access among First Responders

and the Community


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST 

Opioid pain reliever overdose deaths have increased four-fold since 1999. In 2010, over 16,600 people died of overdoses involving opioids, more than heroin and cocaine combined. The opioid antagonist naloxone – given to reverse life-threatening respiratory depression associated with opioid overdose – has been used to save lives by healthcare providers and many emergency medical services providers for many years. In recent years, innovative programs have been implemented to increase access to and use of this important medication by first responders, by-standers, and others in the community. During the webinar, participants will hear presentations from three programs.


Learning objectives for webinar:

  • Highlight the role naloxone can play as part of a comprehensive overdose prevention program.
  • Learn about various approaches to expand access to and use of naloxone by first responders and the community
  • Provide insights into the successes and challenges of developing and implementing these naloxone programs.
  • Further dialogue on naloxone programs by providing participants the opportunity to ask the presenters questions about their naloxone programs.


Featured presenters:

  • Michael Botticelli,
    Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Christopher M. Jones, Pharm.D., MPH,
    Acting Team Leader, Prescription Drug Overdose Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention,
    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
  • Sarah Ruiz, MSW,
    Assistant Director of Planning and Development for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
    Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
  • Michael W. Dailey, MD, FACEP, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine,
    Albany Medical College, New York
  • Fred Wells Brason,
    Project Lazarus
  • Nick Reuter,
    Senior Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA,
    Center for Substance Abuse Services, Division of Pharmacological Therapy

Moderated by David Sullivan, Program Consultant at the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.


A recording and resources from the training are below: 

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