Course Description

The Layperson Naloxone Course will teach you how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug 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.

Note: The training does not provide the credentials to be a Naloxone Distribution Entity. State requirements differ. Therefore please check with your local state HHS or Health Departments for specific requirements for your state.

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 contributing factors and solutions.

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

  • How to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone (Intranasal and Intramuscular).

What People Are Saying

Layperson Naloxone Course


"This training gave a great overview of opioids and their affects on the body. It also allows the participant the ability to learn about recovery practices and not just the addiction side, which I thought was excellent! The training also taught about naloxone, reasons for its use, history and how to administer."

"Very helpful to learn the signs and symptoms of overdose and methods of delivering treatment. Resources for overdose prevention and treatment."

"The statistics, education, and epidemic information was outstanding. The diagrams and demonstrations showing the administration of narcan was very helpful."

Course curriculum

  • 01
    A Review of the Course Dashboard
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  • 02
    Introduction
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  • 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
    Stigma and Denial Impact on Recovery
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  • 05
    Check My Knowledge 1
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    • Check My Knowledge 1 - Addiction / Substance Use Disorder and Stigma and Denial
  • 06
    Opioid Overview
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    • Opioid Overview Video
  • 07
    The Overdose Epidemic
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    • The Overdose Epidemic Video
  • 08
    Check My Knowledge 2
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    • Check My Knowledge 2 - Opioid Overview and Opioid Overdose Epidemic
  • 09
    Contributors and Risk Factors
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    • Contributors and Risk Factors Video
  • 10
    Young Adults and Youth Risk Factors
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    • Youth Contributors and Risk Factors Video
  • 11
    Check My Knowledge 3
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    • Check My Knowledge 3 - Contributors and Risk Factors
  • 12
    Recognizing and Preventing an Opioid Overdose
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    • Recognizing and Preventing an Overdose Video
  • 13
    Check My Knowledge 4
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    • Check My Knowledge 4 - Recognizing and Preventing an Opioid Overdose
  • 14
    Naloxone Administration
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    • Naloxone Administration Video
  • 15
    Check My Knowledge - 5
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    • Check My Knowledge 5 - Naloxone Administration
  • 16
    Solutions
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    • Solutions Video
  • 17
    Check My Knowledge 6
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    • Check My Knowledge 6 - Solutions
  • 18
    Course End Survey
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    • Course End Survey
    • Course End Survey
  • 19
    Resources and Helpful Links
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    • Layperson Naloxone - Resource and Helpful Links
  • 20
    Course Credits
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    • Course Voice Talent
  • 21
    Final Exam
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    • About the Final Exam
    • Layperson Naloxone Final Exam

Additional Course Notes

  • There are no pre-requisites for this course. We recommend you consider: “The Brain and the Disease of Addiction” online course ($15.00) for a working understanding of the chronic disease of addiction.

  • This course includes a "Certificate of Completion" delivered upon achievement of 80% passing grade on the final exam. 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 course will remain available in your account for six months - allowing you to resume the course at your own pace and schedule.

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