Overdose Prevention Program

Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

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The Lennard Clinic, Inc. in collaboration with North Jersey Community Research Initiative will provide naloxone free of charge to individuals at risk for overdose, as well as to family members, peers, community-service providers, and anyone who might be in a position to help someone experiencing an overdose. Participants who successfully complete the 30-45 minute training will receive the life saving medication Naloxone and the knowledge and skills to use it to successfully intervene in opiate overdose. 

The Opioid Overdose Prevention Program is made possible through funding received by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and is the result of the enactment of the Overdose Prevention Act signed by Governor Chris Christie in May 2014. The act allows for broader access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone (also known as Narcan), by providing explicit criminal and civil protection to medical professionals who prescribe the medication and laypeople who administer it in overdose situations. The act also provides protection from arrest for drug possession for those who call for help in an overdose situation.

Overdose is a major public health problem and the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey. These deaths are entirely preventable. Witnesses to opioid overdose can administer naloxone while waiting for professional medical help to arrive. Naloxone has no addictive properties and few side effects, making it safe for laypeople to administer. Clients who have naloxone prescribed and dispensed to them through the program will be educated about how to recognize and appropriately respond to opioid overdose, including the importance of calling 911 in addition to administering naloxone.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program or attending the training, please contact: Curtis Bracey, Community Outreach Specialist at (862) 955-0653 or email us at SaveALife@tlclinics.org