Life-Saving Training: Narcan & the National Opioid Epidemic

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 120 people die every day in the United States from overdosing on opioids.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services laid out a five-point plan for combating the opioid crisis:

  1. Improving access to treatment and recovery services.

  2. Promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs.

  3. Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance.

  4. Providing support for cutting edge research on pain and addiction.

  5. Advancing better practices for pain management.

One of those overdose-reversing drugs is Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan. Studies have shown that Narcan can reverse up to 93% of overdoses, but it needs to be administered quickly and correctly. When it comes to saving lives, up-to-date training and education for administering Narcan are critical.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the Pre-Hospital Medicine team at the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop training for emergency medical professionals and first responders, including a course on delivery device and dosing updates for Narcan.

When information changes, our Learning Content Management System allows the experts from URMC to develop and deliver life-saving training quickly and easily. Want to learn more about our emergency medicine content? Get in touch!