Overdose Prevention & the Science of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Opioid overdoses happen. Learning what actions to take if you witness an overdose could save a life.

Naloxone is a drug that can stop a heroin or painkiller overdose after it’s begun and it is available without a prescription in Pennsylvania pharmacies. Prevention Point Pittsburgh will share more information with attendees, explaining how naloxone is used and answering questions. They’re also ready to share about harm reduction strategies and services.

PPP has served the region since 1995 when its founders began offering needle exchange services to prevent the spread of injection-related blood-borne illnesses. The organization has grown over the past two decades to offer health screenings, naloxone, treatment referrals, and all sorts of health-related education and counseling.

This booth will distribute naloxone to participants! Please feel free to grab a kit!

The Pittsburgh Poison Center will also be there to discuss other overdose prevention strategies, so we can all be prepared! PPC offers free informational services about poison prevention to the public as well as training programs for health care professionals. They also have “a network of hospital treatment centers throughout Pennsylvania, which provide medical consultation and follow-up for all cases of poison exposure that have been referred to those hospitals.”

Additionally, student volunteers from the Duquesne School of Pharmacy will be on-site to share information about the science of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT combines behavioral therapy and medications, such as methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine, to treat substance use disorders.