Opioid Overdose Prevention

Praxis provides Opioid Overdose Prevention training to all Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services funded substance use disorder treatment programs. This 3-hour interactive training includes instruction, discussions, interactive activities, and naloxone demonstration. Trainers will distribute Naloxone to providers who attend the training. Read the agenda.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Name 10 risks factors for opioid overdoses.
  • Describe physiological effects of opioids in the brain and body.
  • Demonstrate how to assess for opioid overdose.
  • Describe 5 harm reduction strategies for decreasing the risks of opioid overdoses.
  • Explain how Naloxone works to reverse opioid overdoses.
  • Discriminate between rescue breathing and CPR.
  • Demonstrate 5 critical actions to reverse an opioid overdose.
  • Generate key discussion points for teaching clients about opioid overdose prevention.

Contact us to learn more and request training.

Meet Our Trainers

GagneCheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Praxis Director of Training
Dones1Marc Dones, B.A., Trainer
LivniAyala Livny, M.Ed., Trainer
Lonnie McAdooLonnie McAdoo, B.F.A., Trainer
SherwinVicki Sherwin, B.A., Trainer
TRAINING CERTIFICATES: Participants who have attended all three or four hours of the training, completed the course evaluation form, and signed the sign-in sheet will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for 3 or 4 continuing education credits through NAADAC, NBCC, MNA, and ASWB. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the Praxis training.

The Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 to 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 or 4 continuing education clock hours.

ACCOMMODATIONS: If you need accommodations for disability, please contact praxis@center4si.com.

GRIEVANCES: If you would like to report a complaint, please email Katie Volk, Praxis Project Director, at kvolk@center4si.com or Cheryl Gagne, Praxis Training Director, at cgagne@center4si.com.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Resources

Praxis Resources

Opioid Overdose Prevention Fact Sheet

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Community Trainers Opioid Overdose Prevention Slides

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Overdose Prevention: Recommended Videos

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Overdose Prevention: Resource List

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Pharmacy Standing Order Naloxone Rescue Kit: Access Check-List

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Opioid Overdose Prevention: Program Inventory

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Pharmacists Dispensing Naloxone Rescue Kits

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Trauma Informed Care

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Local Resources

Opioid overdose prevention resources in Massachusetts from the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)

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Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline and Treatment Locator

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Educational Resources

Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Fatal Opioid-related Overdoses among MA Residents, 2000-2013. Injury Surveillance Program, Bureau of Health Information, Statistics, Research, and Evaluation.

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Drug Facts: Heroin

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SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

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Opioid overdose rates and implementation of overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution in Massachusetts: Interrupted time series analysis – a study by Alex Walley and others

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Videos/Tools

Praxis trainer, Marc Dones, discusses opioid overdose prevention in a 20-minute t3 podcast

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I’m the Evidence Video Campaign: Naloxone Works!

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Staying Alive on the Outside

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