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SAMHSA Releases Update to Opioid Overdose Toolkit

June 12, 2018
Toolkit may assist practitioners, caregivers, and community members in taking best course of action

A PPM Brief

Announcing a 2018 update1 to its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing healthcare providers, caregivers, and other community members with a means to help prevent overdose deaths related to opioid use. In an effort to expand the tools available for opioid management, including new therapies and helping recovery duration, the new toolkit includes educational material on the factors that may lead to an opioid overdose, from intentional misuse to accidental over-medication. The toolkit also discusses when and how to use naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.

The newly revised toolkit, originally printed in 2013 (revised in 2014 and 2016 prior to the new update), is divided into four sections: facts for community members, five essential steps for first responders, information for prescribers, and safety advice for patients and family members.

According to the federal agency’s press release, the toolkit aims to:1

  1. Encourage healthcare providers, people at high risk for overdose, family members and others to learn how to prevent and manage opioid overdose.
  2. Ensure access to treatment for people who are misusing opioids or who have a substance use disorder.
  3. Ensure ready access to naloxone.
  4. Encourage people to call 911 in the event of a possible overdose.
  5. Encourage health care providers to use prescription drug monitoring programs to prevent overprescribing of opioids.

Since 2017, SAMHSA has invested more than $1 billion in opioid-specific funding, including funds to state and local governments as well as civil society groups for services that support treatment, recovery, and first-responder trainings.1

Last updated on: June 15, 2020
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