Harm Reduction 101 and Naloxone Administration Training RSVP

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Harm Reduction 101 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Naloxone Administration - 12pm to 1:30pm


The Union for Contemporary Art
2423 N 24th St.
Omaha, NE 68110


This training, hosted by The Union for Contemporary Art, will be presented as a two-part training series on harm reduction and naloxone administration by Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director and Founder of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition.

This event is free and open to the public.

The RSVP is for both trainings.

Rowdy Boys will have zines about harm reduction available at the training.

As Iowa's only comprehensive harm reduction service provider, the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition has distributed over 20,000 doses of naloxone in the state of Iowa since July 2017, and received reports of over 800 opioid overdose reversals. Nebraskans have an opportunity (and obligation) to provide overdose prevention and naloxone distribution services in order to stem the impacts of the current overdose crisis. This training will provide education on how to identify an opioid overdose and administer naloxone to save a life. The session will also provide an orientation to Harm Reduction as a social movement, philosophical approach to humans' relationship with drugs, and set of evidence-based interventions to mitigate the risks associated with licit and illicit drug use.

Questions, comments, concerns? We can be reached at rowdyboyszineco@gmail.com ~


From the Harm Reduction Coalition (harmreduction.org)...


Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.


Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example morphine and heroin overdose. Specifically, naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent. Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, naloxone can be administered by minimally trained laypeople, which makes it ideal for treating overdose in people who have been prescribed opioid pain medication and in people who use heroin and other opioids. Naloxone has no potential for abuse. Naloxone may be injected in the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose.

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