Extern's Harm Reduction Training delivers specialist training to individuals wanting to gain awareness of complex drug & alcohol use and how these can be managed.

These services include:

What training does Extern provide?

  • Naloxone Administration: Opioid overdose response*
  • Naloxone Administration: Training for trainers*
  • Reducing Injecting-Related Harms*
  • Needle and Syringe Provision*
  • Medicines Management in a Homelessness Context
  • Pregabalin
  • Cocaine and Crack Use

* Free to attend for relevant staff working in NI due to Public Health Agency funding

We also provide drug-related information resources such as on naloxone, pregabalin for workers,  pregabalin for users and an assessment of injecting drug use.

Queens University Belfast have partnered with us in providing up the new Masters in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders, available in 2021. We deliver some of the teaching content as part of the collaboration as well as chair the programme.

Extern's Harm Reduction training promotes the work Extern does in the drugs and alcohol field and seeks to ensure that those who use drugs and alcohol in harmful ways receive the best possible support and treatment options.

The pressures on frontline staff and services are immense but can be ameliorated by staff who are competent and confident in their practice, understand the issues faced by their clients and are effective in their work. DACS aims to ensure they are equipped in these ways.

Why do we provide training?

Extern believe that everyone should have repeated chances to fulfil their potential and to reach their maximum possible level of independence. We use low threshold and harm reduction approaches to help us to engage and intervene positively with those who use drugs or alcohol in harmful ways.


Contact us

Further information is available by emailing [email protected] or by calling +44 2890 840 555

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