Making a Difference
The Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program’s mission is to leverage the DMAT/MRC volunteer base to provide opioid overdose prevention education to organizations that plan to or have initiated a naloxone response program.
Our programming includes overdose prevention, recognition, and response training that can be geared toward targeted audiences including law enforcement and public safety professionals, primary care providers, behavioral healthcare providers, corrections, schools and the general public.
In addition to our in-person education, we serve as a clearinghouse for naloxone and overdose prevention training resources in the state, as well as encouraging and supporting efforts to expand access to naloxone. Since its inception, NOPE-RI has trained over 4000 individuals on how to prevent, recognize and respond to opioid overdose.
Naloxone must be stored out of direct light. Effective methods include leaving it in its box or storing in a standard orange medication bottle.
Naloxone must be kept at room temperature (59-86°F or 15-30°C). It should never be stored in a refrigerator or a vehicle glove box or trunk.
If naloxone is stored improperly, it loses its effectiveness. It does not become harmful if administered.
Increasing naloxone access does not increase drug use.
Naloxone training can link people using drugs with essential resources.
Training individuals to prevent, recognize and respond to overdoses provides an opportunity to recommend other health or treatment services.
Existing law enforcement naloxone programs have resulted in thousands of lives saved.