Course Description

First Responder Naloxone Course will Teach You How to Respond to an Opioid Overdose and Administer Naloxone.

This course has been developed by Overdose Lifeline, Inc. – a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities affected by the disease of addiction / substance use disorder through advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, resources, and support.

Addiction / Substance use disorders (SUDs) are a major public health concern in the United States. Nearly 20 million Americans 12 years of age or older have SUD, with 2.5 million Americans having a SUD involving either prescription opioids or heroin.

Community-Wide Effort Required
"No single organization or person can address the multitude of services needed to help people affected by mental health or substance use conditions… the best sources are the people who live, serve, and work in the community and the best results are often seen when they undertake such action together." — SAMHSA, One Voice, One Community

Course Reviewer

The course material has been reviewed by subject matter expert: Carl A. Rochelle, Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) and Brad Ray, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

What You Will Learn

  • You will acquire a foundational understanding of the opioid public health crisis and the overdose epidemic.

  • The ability to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose.

  • How to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone (Intranasal: Adapt and Amphastar).

Course curriculum

  • 01
    A Review of the Course Dashboard
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    • About the Course Dashboard
  • 02
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    • Alert: Course Updates
    • First Responder Naloxone Introduction Video
    • Welcome to the First Responder Naloxone course
    • Quick Reference Sheet (QRS) for the First Responder Naloxone Course
  • 03
    Brief Review of Addiction / Substance Use Disorder
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    • Brief Overview of Addiction / Substance Use Disorder Video
    • The Necessity to Treat Addiction as a Chronic Disease
    • Activity: NPR Interview About Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease
  • 04
    Opioid Overview
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    • Opioid Overview Video
  • 05
    The Overdose Epidemic
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    • The Overdose Epidemic Video
  • 06
    Check My Knowledge 1
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    • Check My Knowledge 1 - Addiction, Opioid Overview and Opioid Overdose Epidemic
  • 07
    Recognizing and Responding to an Opioid Overdose
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    • Recognizing and Preventing an Overdose Video
  • 08
    Check My Knowledge 2
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    • Check My Knowledge 2 - Recognizing and Preventing an Opioid Overdose
  • 09
    Responding to an Opioid Overdose
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    • Responding to an Opioid Overdose Video
  • 10
    Check My Knowledge 3
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    • Check My Knowledge 3 - Responding to an Opioid Overdose
  • 11
    Naloxone Administration
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    • Naloxone Administration Video
    • Naloxone Intranasal Administration Demonstrations
    • Adapt NARCAN Intranasal Administration Demonstration
    • Amphastar with MAD Intranasal Administration Demonstration
  • 12
    Check My Knowledge 4
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    • Check My Knowledge 4 - Naloxone Administration
  • 13
    Resources and Helpful Links
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    • First Responder Naloxone - Resource and Helpful Links
  • 14
    Course Credits
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    • Course Voice Talent
  • 15
    Course End Survey
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    • Course End Survey Instructions
    • First Responder Naloxone Course End Survey
  • 16
    Final Exam
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    • About the Final Exam
    • First Responder Naloxone Final Exam

Additional Course Notes

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. We recommend you consider “The Brain and the Disease of Addiction — 2.0 CE Credits” online course ($30.00) for a working understanding of the chronic disease of addiction.

  • This course includes a "Certificate of Completion" delivered upon 100% course completion, achievement of 80% (minimum) passing grade on the final exam, and completing the course ending survey. Certificates expire in 2 years.

  • The course may be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Internet access is required as are speakers for audio.

    The following web browsers are supported: Desktop - Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Edge. Note the course platform does not support Internet Explorer. Mobile - iOS Safari: 11 and up, Chrome, Samsung Internet.

  • The course will remain available in your account for six months - allowing you to complete the course at your own pace and return to the course later for review of key concepts.