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Overdose Prevention and Management Program

CAHMA is currently running an overdose prevention and management course that includes take-home naloxone (Narcan) to Eligible Participants*

Check out the following information if you would like to participate:

 

The training program covers:

•Overdose risk factors and how to prevent and manage overdoses

•CPR - how to give chest compression and rescue breathing

•How naloxone works and how to give naloxone

 

What is involved?

•Ring or visit CAHMA to book in (contact details at bottom of page)

•Attend the 3 hour training course

•Bring along your Medicare Card

•Attend a brief consultation with the Dr at the end of the 3 hours to make sure you know how to safely give naloxone

 

What you get?

•Take–home naloxone

•A $25 payment to cover travel or other costs

•Snacks and drinks

•Life-saving information

 

*An ‘Eligible Participant’ is someone who may at some time need naloxone – an ex or current opioid user (heroin, morphine, etc)- who has gained the required level of knowledge to safely administer naloxone (decided through interview with a doctor at end of training course). Family and friends of opioid users can attend the training but cannot be written a naloxone prescription unless they admit to using opioids.


 

CAHMA is proud to announce the first Peer Administered Naloxone Program in Australia. The program, which started running in the early months of 2012, was developed by CAHMA and the Implementing Expanded Naloxone Availability in the ACT (IENAACT) committee. The progran provides training in the skills necessary to administer Naloxone, as well as supplying the means and materials (i.e. the Naloxone). CAHMA is confident that this will bring about significant improvements in the way overdoses are managed and, through this, an increase in the number of people surviving potentially fatal opioid overdoses.

The program has the support of a wide range of stakeholders, including the Pharmaqcy Guild, the ACT Division of General Practice, numerous individual General Practitioners, the ACT Ambulance Service, thousands of drug users throughout Australia as well as their families, friends and various service providers. There is also support from the ACT Chief Minister and numerous other ACT Government Ministers. The program also has wide support from numerous national bodies including the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD), which is the primary advisory body to the Australian Government.

 

CAHMA is extremely proud to have been part of getting this Australian first program up and running. We look forward to working with opioid users, their peers, family and friends in providing training and, on succesful completion of the training, providing take-home Naloxone through an on-site issued script.

If you would like to take part in this program, contact CAHMA for training details, dates and times.

Training courses are currently running roughly every two weeks in the Canberra city area.

Please contact CAHMA for more information, including finding out how to get involved .