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Evaluation of the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program of the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition

TitleEvaluation of the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program of the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLewis, DA, Park, JN, Vail, L, Sine, M, Welsh, C, Sherman, SG
JournalAm J Public Health
Volume106
Pagination1243-6
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number1541-0048 (Electronic)0090-0036 (Linking)
Accession Number27077351
Abstract

Although historically the majority of overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs have targeted opioid users, states are increasingly passing laws that enable third-party prescriptions of naloxone to individuals who may be able to respond to an overdose, including friends and family members of individuals who use opioids. In this report, we discuss the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC) OEND program, Maryland's first community-based, state-authorized training program under a new law allowing third-party naloxone prescription. In an 8-month pilot period, 250 free naloxone kits were distributed, and 3 overdose reversals were reported to BSHRC. Trainings were effective in increasing self-efficacy surrounding overdose prevention and response, which appears to persist at up to 12 months following the training.