Date

12-2018

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine

Abstract

The Access Support Network is a non-profit organization that provides services to those impacted by HIV and Hepatitis C. The Access Support Network runs the one and only syringe exchange program in the Monterey County. Many clients seen at the syringe exchange program face many hardships such as opioid overdoses. The opioid epidemic has become a national public health crisis which has caused many overdosed deaths. Opioid overdoses occur from prescription drugs as well as illicit drugs, such as heroin, meth, and fentanyl. Naloxone is the medication that is used to counter and combat opioid-induced overdoses. Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose for a limited amount of time, which provides enough time for victims to seek medical attention. The Access Support Network provides free naloxone and training to all participants at the syringe exchange program. The Guide to Naloxone is a presentation and guide that promotes and educates the use of naloxone for those who are at-risk and exposed to those in danger of having an opioid overdose. This project was implemented and is continuously available through the Access Support Network's website in hopes that it will reach and educate more people on the existence and use of naloxone. The success of this project was measured through pre and post surveys by gauging the viewer's knowledge of naloxone before and after viewing the guide.

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