Peer Based Harm Reduction WA runs peer naloxone training about how to recognise and respond to an opioid overdose

Peer Based Harm Reduction WA provides FREE overdose prevention training, which includes legally prescribed take-home naloxone and everything you need to use it in a kit.

The training is held once a month and takes about two hours. Anyone can attend the training, including family members, friends and other people who may witness opioid overdose.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone is also referred to by its drug company name, Narcan©. It is what ambulance officers give someone if they have overdosed on an opioid.

Naloxone only works on opioids, such as heroin, morphine, methadone, oxycodone and fentanyl. It has no side effects on anyone who has not used opioids.

Naloxone is an intramuscular injection that reverses an opioid overdose, enabling the person to breathe again.

What does the training cover?

Anyone can do the training and learn how to respond to an overdose.

• Overdose risk factors and how to identify an opioid overdose;

• Myths and facts of opioid overdose;

• How to prevent an opioid overdose – this is life saving information;

• How to respond to an overdose as a first aider; and

• How naloxone works and how to administer naloxone.

The training also includes:

• Lunch is provided for FREE while each person waits to see the Nurse to get their naloxone;

• A FREE consultation with the Nurse, make sure you bring your Medicare card;

• You will be prescribed FREE naloxone;

• A take-home naloxone kit is provided for FREE with everything you need to use the naloxone; and

• The training takes about 2 hours to complete and is held once a month.

Completing the training and/or receiving naloxone will NOT put anyone on the Register of Drug Addicts in WA or any other data-base.

How to register for the training?

Please contact Peer Based Harm Reduction WA to register your interest. Once we have your first name and mobile number we will give you a call or text to let you know the date and time of the next naloxone training. We are happy to remind you monthly until you have attended the training.

Contact the Naloxone Project Officer, on either phone 9325 8387 or email to register your interest.

How can you get naloxone?

Anyone can get prescribed naloxone from a Doctor. However, some Doctors do not like prescribing it to people or know what it is for or how to use it.

Naloxone is also available over the counter at pharmacies. Not all pharmacies carry naloxone though. If you purchase it over the counter you have to pay full price.

When you complete the Peer Based Harm Reduction WA naloxone training you will receive a free naloxone and a kit with everything you need to use it.

How to get more naloxone or a rescript?

If you need more naloxone you can come in on a training day and just see the Nurse. If you have already attended the training you do NOT need to do it again.

Contact the Naloxone Project Officer, on either phone 9325 8387 or email to get a reminder about the date and time for a naloxone rescript.