Reducing Harms: Recognizing and Responding to the Opioid Overdoses in Your Organization

This document is based in a harm reduction framework which is an evidence based
approach to addressing the potential harms related to opioids including overdose
deaths. This document provides the following content:

• A comprehensive overview of Ontario’s current situation regarding opioids,
naloxone, and opioid-related emergencies (overdose)
• Prevention, risk factors, and identifying an opioid related emergency
• Information related to administering naloxone intranasally, intramuscularly and
• Explanation as to why a medical directive is not necessary for naloxone
• Developing an overdose protocol in your organization, including staff training and
obtaining naloxone kits
• Debriefing and preventing distress post naloxone administration
• Monitoring and evaluating your protocol, communicating it with clients, families
and the broader community, and incorporating an equity lens into your protocol

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