What does MO-HOPE offer?
- We provide training and tools for overdose prevention and reversal to diverse professional and community audiences – including police officers and other first responders, substance use treatment providers, and general community members
- We also try to raise awareness and knowledge surrounding the overdose crisis, including effective strategies for curbing the trend.
How can I learn more about getting involved with MO-HOPE?
- To schedule a training or get more information, please request a training and a MO-HOPE staff member will get in touch with you within 1 business day.
What are the liabilities if we implement a naloxone program?
- Recently enacted legislation protects from criminal, civil, and professional liability related to naloxone administration. In other words, you are protected by law to carry and administer naloxone in good faith. For more information about Missouri Naloxone Legislation, visit here.
How have local law enforcement naloxone programs worked so far?
- Several law enforcement agencies in Missouri are equipped with naloxone and saving lives. The St. Louis County Police Department reversed over 40 overdoses in 2016, and the St. Charles County Police Department has reversed over 23 overdoses.
Don’t people who get revived just go back to using?
- Substance use disorders, just like other chronic medical and mental health conditions, carry with them a high risk of relapse. However, an untreated overdose often leads to death. Reversing an overdose gives someone another chance at life and recovery.
What are the health risks to officers?
- MO-HOPE provides naloxone in the form of Narcan nasal spray. This is a preassembled unit that involves no needles or injections. There is no sharps risk associated with
What if I give naloxone to a patient who has a different kind of overdose or isn’t overdosing at all? Might the medicine cause harm?’
- No, not at all. Naloxone has one single action – to remove opioids from our receptors. It has no effect on people who do not have opioids in their system. It is an extremely safe (and effective) medication.
How should we safely store the Narcan and how long does it last?
- Keep Narcan out of extreme temperatures and direct sunlight. Don’t leave it in your vehicle during hot summers and cold winters. Narcan shelf life is 24 months, but studies have found it lasts much longer if stored appropriately.
How long does it take for naloxone to take effect?
- Anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, depending on the route of administration and the amount of opioids in someone’s system.