The Chicago Recovery Alliance offers training on several key topics on a rotating basis. Trainings are currently open to the public and free of charge.
Opioid-involved overdose death has become a major health crisis. Laypeople with no medical training whatsoever can easily, safely, and legally be trained to save the life of someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose. This training is designed for people who work in social service or who might witness an overdose. Friends, family, community members and people who use drugs are also welcome.
Attendees of this 2hr training session will learn:
The current context for the opioid overdose epidemic in Chicago
The role of opiates in an overdose
How naloxone works
The signs and symptoms of an overdose and how to check if someone is overdosing
Steps for responding to an overdose and administering naloxone
How to understand the overdose epidemic in the context of the drug war.
Some fundamentals of how to apply harm reduction theory to both front-line and policy work.
The importance of monitoring someone after naloxone has been administered
Fentanyl involved overdoses
Overdose prevention counseling
Where to get supplies and more information
Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up to pick up supplies at Chicago Recovery Alliance outreach locations.
If you are interested in the previous courses that the Chicago Recovery Alliance has run (and may run again) you can visit our previous courses page.