Naloxone Training for Schools

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. with nearly 92,000 lives lost in 2020. The overdose crisis which escalated sharply (32%) during the first year of the pandemic does not appear to be letting up. For the first time, overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 in 2021, nearing 108,000 – increasing another 15% … or 47% over a two-year period.

Opioid overdose is life-threatening and requires immediate emergency attention.

When a person is overdosing from an opioid, their central nervous system and respiration system are depressed and breathing slows or stops. Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose is essential to saving lives. As is having immediate access to naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, and calling 911 for additional emergency support.

Youth / Young Adults Aged 15-24

Rising Rates of Overdose

In 2020, more than 7,000 adolescents and young adults aged 15-24 died as a result of drug overdose, a 49% increase over the prior year. The majority (84%) of these deaths were caused by opioids, which include prescription pain medication and illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.

Fentanyl, is the primary driver of the overdose health crisis and has been found in other drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and counterfeit pills.

School Response

Overdose Prevention

It is imperative for schools to prepare for a potential overdose emergency.

It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the safe and effective management of opioid-related overdoses in schools must be incorporated into the school emergency preparedness and response plans. 

Overdose Lifeline Can Help

Overdose Lifeline's Naloxone training has helped more than 400,000 people in 30+ U.S. states learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.  

The School Naloxone Opioid Overdose Training has been specifically developed to assist schools in overdose prevention and response. 

Course Overview

Download the course overview School-Naloxone-Opioid-Overdose-Training-Overview.pdf

Are You an Indiana School?

Free training may be available for Indiana Schools. Learn about the Indiana School Naloxone Project or visit the Indiana School Naloxone Opioid Overdose Training online course.


Contact us 844-554-3354, ext 4 or for more information or CLICK HERE.

What You Will Learn

  • Explain the need for school-based opioid emergency response planning and preparedness.

  • Assess and identify the signs of an opioid overdose.

  • Demonstrate how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone.

Perspective - Watch Video

Necessity for School Opioid Overdose Preparedness

Course curriculum

    1. Course Introduction

    2. About the Course Dashboard

    3. Course Pre-Survey

    1. Brief Review of Addiction / Substance Use Disorder

    2. The Necessity to Treat Addiction as a Chronic Disease

    3. Discussion: NPR Interview About Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

    1. Stigma and Substance Use Disorder

    2. Perspective: Marvetta

    3. Perspective: Matt

    4. Discussion -- Perspectives

    1. SBIRT: Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

    1. Check My Knowledge 1

    1. Quick Reference Sheet (PDF Download)

    2. The Need for an Opioid Overdose School Emergency Response Plan

    3. Perspective: Amy

    4. Discussion -- Amy Perspective

    5. Check Your Knowledge 2

    6. Assess and Identify the Signs of an Opioid Overdose

    7. Check My Knowledge 3

    8. Naloxone Administration – Reversing an Opioid Overdose

    9. Intranasal Naloxone Demonstration

    10. Integrate Opioid Overdose Response Into School Emergency Plans

    11. Check My Knowledge 4

About this course

  • $30.00
  • 25 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

Additional Course Notes

  • This online course includes prerequisite learning on substance use disorder and brief screening intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT).

  • This course provides a certificate of completion delivered upon 100% course completion and course ending survey submission.

  • 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 complete the course at your own pace and return to the course later for review of key concepts.