October 25, 2013
Preventing Opioid Overdose With Education and Naloxone Rescue Kits
Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Co-Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Program Director, Fellow Immersion Training Program
Boston University School of Medicine
Overdose is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and increasing in the setting of wider access to prescription opioids. Yet education about overdose prevention and management is not routinely integrated into medical or addiction treatment settings. Evidence is emerging that overdose education and naloxone rescue kit distribution can reduce overdose death rates and is highly cost-effective.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to
** Understand the epidemiology and natural history of opioid overdose
** Explain existing prevention efforts, specifically models for providing overdose education and naloxone rescue kits
** Review the evidence for overdose education and naloxone rescue kits
** Know the facilitators and barriers to incorporating overdose prevention education and prescribing naloxone rescue kits into their practice.
All participants should be able to incorporate overdose prevention education into their practices and many should be able to prescribe naloxone rescue kits to patients.
Responses to Participant Questions