The primary aim of D.O.P.E is to reduce the incidence of both fatal and non-fatal overdose among current heroin, ATS (amphetamine type substances) and poly drug users in Victoria.
We do this by designing and delivering peer education workshops to groups of up to ten current users at a time.
Developed by experienced peer education staff at Harm Reduction Victoria and road tested by numerous groups of people who use drugs over many years, HRVic’s evidence-based overdose workshops are designed to inform people who use drugs about all aspects of overdose, from the nuts and bolts of reducing the risk of overdose, to recognising the warning signs of overdose, through to hands on overdose response training and naloxone administration instruction.
1. GENERAL OVERDOSE EDUCATION (POLYSUBSTANCE)
2. OPIOID OVERDOSE EDUCATION
3. METHAMPHETAMINE OVERDOSE EDUCATION
Topics covered Include:
Overdose - The concept of risk and taking risks.
- Risk factors for overdose.
Overdose Recognition - Signs and symptoms of overdose
- Common overdose myths
Overdose Response - What to do in the event of an overdose incl. 000, Police Overdose Policy & recovery position
- Naloxone- What,why and how?
- How naloxone works
- Dose- How much is enough?
- How to use naloxone responsibly
Minimum Delivery Time: 1 hour
Maximum Delivery Time: 3 hours
This comprehensive workshop is equally relevant for opioid as well as methamphetamine users and can be tailored to focus on either or both substance types.