The aim of this study, conducted by the Clinical Addiction Research Education Unit of the Boston University School of Medicine, is to evaluate the impact of state supported overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution (OEND) programs on rates of opioid related death from overdose and acute care utilization in Massachusetts.
It was conducted among opioid users at risk for overdose, social service agency staff, family, and friends of opioid users in 19 Massachusetts communities.
It concludes that opioid overdose death rates were reduced in communities where OEND was implemented. This study provides observational evidence that by training potential bystanders to prevent, recognize, and respond to opioid overdoses, OEND is an effective intervention.
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