OHA Launches Campaign To Help Reverse Opioid Overdoses


The Oregon Health Authority is focused on reducing long-term opioid use and risk for overdose through helping people recognize and respond to an overdose with lifesaving naloxone.

SALEM — Like many states in the nation, Oregon is experiencing an opioid crisis.

Many of us know someone who has been directly affected. They are our coworkers, employees, friends and community members— people we care deeply about.

The fact is, anyone who uses opioids, with or without a prescription, can experience an overdose. And overdoses can happen anywhere — in the office, on a job, at home, on a bus. Coworkers, team members and bystanders can help save lives when they know how to recognize and respond to an overdose with lifesaving naloxone, the medication that reverses an opioid overdose.

“We know that anyone who takes opioids—with or without a prescription— can become physically dependent and be at risk of an overdose,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, MSEd, State Health Officer. “That’s why we’re looking at the full spectrum of the opioid health crisis—from prevention to harm reduction. We want to encourage alternatives to opioids at the outset and save lives so as many people as possible have a chance at recovery.”

The new naloxone training tools, part of a campaign known as Reverse Overdose Oregon, are part of the Oregon Health Authority’s focus on reducing long-term opioid use and risk for overdose. Recently, OHA also launched an educational campaign called Heal Safely that helps health care providers and patients seek alternatives to opioids for managing acute pain.

Any pharmacist can prescribe naloxone to any person who requests it. While training is not required to be able to administer it, it’s a great way for first responders to understand what an overdose looks like and practice how to respond.

Businesses and organizations that are interested in doing a training with their staff can find out more at: ReverseOverdose.org.

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Robb Cowie is the Communications Director at the Oregon Health Authority.

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