Naloxone is an easy to administer medication which temporarily reverses an opioid overdose by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain. It is an emergency medication, in the same category as epinephrine (for anaphylaxis) and glycogen (for diabetic coma).

In NI we give out naloxone and train relevant people to administer it after they undertake relevant training. In support of this, Extern deliver 2 training courses for those working with people at risk of opioid overdose.

These full-day courses are delivered by staff with expertise on the management of this issue. Chris Rintoul, who manages Extern’s Drugs and Alcohol Consultancy Service will deliver the formal teaching content.

The 2 courses available are:

1. Training for Trainers
2. Training on Naloxone Administration