The California State Public Health Officer has issued a CDPH statewide standing order to increase access to naloxone. Review the
FAQs (PDF) and terms and conditions to determine if your organization or entity should apply here:
CDPH Naloxone Standing Order Application »
An important part of a naloxone distribution program is to provide training to individuals who may give naloxone. Listed below are training resources.
- Naloxone Training
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers naloxone training as a full module or as separate mini-modules and patient cases. Choose one or more of the mini-modules or patient cases if you prefer a quick training to focus on a specific topic or to improve a skill. Earn continuing education credits (CE) after completing the full module.
Administering Naloxone - Training Video (You Tube)
Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (webinar recording)
Audience: Professionals who will be responsible for educating laypersons about opioid overdose and distributing naloxone in their community.
Purpose: Covers basic information needed to train laypersons and distribute naloxone, including the history and context of Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND), understanding opioid overdose, response, and prevention strategies, how to give naloxone, and engaging persons who use drugs and other laypeople.
Implementing Naloxone Distribution Systems (webinar recording)
Audience: Program managers and others responsible for the implementation of naloxone distribution systems/OEND in their community.
Purpose: Provides information on the implementation of OEND systems in California.
California laws protect persons who give naloxone and make naloxone more readily available.
A person cannot be liable for any civil damages that result from his or her providing of emergency care, if:
the person acted in good faith, and not for compensation;
the person provided either emergency medical care or nonmedical care; and
the care was provided at the scene of an emergency.
Eliminates civil and criminal liability for:
licensed health care providers that prescribe naloxone and issue standing orders for the distribution of naloxone; and
- individuals that administer naloxone to someone suspected of experiencing an overdose after receiving it along with required training.
When to Offer Naloxone to Patients (CDC, PDF)
This fact sheet outlines factors that can put patients prescribed opioids or who use illicit opioids at a higher risk for opioid-related harms.
When to Offer Naloxone to Patients in the Emergency Department (CDC, PDF)
This fact sheet described for emergency department staff when to offer naloxone and highlights factors that can put patients at a higher risk for overdose.
Talking About Naloxone with Patients Prescribed Opioids (CDC, PDF)
This guide offers tips to help providers communicate the benefits of naloxone to patients, family members, and caregivers.
Increase Naloxone Prescribing in your Health System (CDC, PDF)
- This fact sheet focuses on the role healthcare executives play in supporting training and education for clinicians on naloxone and opioid use disorder. Offers strategies to increase naloxone prescribing.
The Pharmacists' Role in Naloxone Dispensing (CDC, PDF)
This fact sheet focuses on the role of pharmacists in naloxone dispensing including when to offer naloxone to patients.
Family Members and Caregivers
What you Need to Know about Naloxone (CDC, PDF)
This fact sheet provides general facts about naloxone including where to get it and how to prevent an overdose.
How and When to Use Naloxone for an Opioid Overdose (CDC, PDF)
This fact sheet discusses how to identify an overdose and use naloxone, and includes the side effects of naloxone.
How to Save a Life with Naloxone (CDC, PDF)
This guide offers examples to help you start a conversation with a clinician or pharmacist about how to obtain naloxone, when to use it, and where to find training on giving naloxone.