UO center hosts accidental overdose prevention program

The UO hosts a community workshop, “Youth Accidental Overdose Prevention,” on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Straub Hall or via remote.

Designed for caregivers and youth, the free event provides education and resources to help parents and youth feel confident preventing an accidental overdose. Topics include training in the use of naloxone, a medicine that can rapidly reverse an overdose from opioids including heroin, fentanyl and prescription medications; Good Samaritan laws; medication safety, storage and disposal; and parent-youth communication strategies.

Registrants receive drug takeback bags. A limited amount of free prescription storage boxes and free naloxone are also available.

The event is offered by UO’s Center on Parenting and Opioids, Lane County Public Health, and the UO Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Center in collaboration with local school districts and other community partners.

“We wanted to bring together our internal UO resources and our community partners in Lane County and have been grateful to receive so much positive feedback about the event,” said Camille Cioffi, a researcher at the center and an assistant professor in the Prevention Science Institute. “Our common goal is preventing youth accidental overdose.”

Visit the center website for more information or to register.