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On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (CDC, 2017). In Massachusetts, there were 1233 confirmed deaths in the first nine months of 2018 (MDPH Data Brief, 2018) Overdose deaths are preventable and can be prevented by laypeople. Overdose prevention education is vital to the health and safety of the Boston community. 

Signs of Potential Fatal Overdose

Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training

Each year in Boston about 10,000 individuals undergo training on how to administer naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses.

Naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, has been credited with reversing nearly 1,124 overdoses in Boston from October 2016 to May 2017. BPHC offers education and training to opioid users, their families and community partners that work or may come into contact with people at risk of overdosing. 

Participants learn about the importance of calling 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose, how to perform rescue breathing and administer nasal Narcan, and treatment options for opioid users.

BPHC wants to support local businesses, organizations and civilians in keeping their communities safe for all. 
Please click here to download a Safer Bathroom flyer. The Safer Bathroom Initiative was created to combat the high number of fatal overdoses that occur in public bathrooms. The Office of Community Prevention works with local businesses and organizations to create safe bathroom protocols and workplace safety plans regardining overdoses. 
Contact us for more information on the Safer Bathrooms Initiative or to request a free on-site Overdose Prevention training with your interested group.

Accessing Narcan

Those looking to carry Narcan rescue kits can obtain them in the following three ways:

  1. Access through the Pharmacy via Statewide Standing Order. Go to your local pharmacy and request a Narcan Rescue Kit.
  2. Obtain a prescription from your doctor.
  3. Attend and complete a BPHC Overdose Prevention training. (Limited supply available.)

2019 Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Training Schedule

All trainings are held at the Finland Building, 774 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118

There is NO fee and NO RSVP required. Come and learn skills that could save lives.

Trainings last a total of 90 minutes.

​Afternoons (3:00 PM Start)
​Evenings (6:00 PM Start)
​January 7
January 15​
​February 4
February​ 19 
March 4 (cancelled)
March​ 19
​April 1
April​ 16
​May 6
May​ 21 
​June 3
June​ 18
​July 1
July​ 16
​August 5
August​ 20
​September 9
September​ 17
​October 7
October​ 15
​November 4
November​ 19
​December 2
December​ 17

For information, contact Helen McDermott at or 617-534-5072​

Want to learn more about NARCAN? Check out the video below:



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