Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction

Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Just like with any behavior that carries risk, the only way to completely prevent an overdose is by not consuming any opioids, but that is not always realistic. However, we can learn specific techniques to reduce the risk of overdose (see here). These techniques are overdose prevention strategies and fall under the broad heading of a harm reduction approach to drug use.

Information provided on this site is not intended to cover everything –there are many places to find helpful information about overdose prevention and harm reduction.

For information on opioid overdose prevention and education:

To learn more specific to harm reduction philosophies and approaches, we suggest visiting the following sites:

One specific harm reduction strategy is the distribution of naloxone (an overdose reversal medication) to aid in the prevention of fatal overdoses. For information on naloxone:

For information about overdose prevention among veterans through the national VA Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program, please see the following: OEND Fact Sheet and OEND: Preventing and Responding to an Opioid Overdose Presentation

For Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) literature, visit the following sites: