BOSTON STRONG Industrial Opioid Disaster – Boston First Responder save 1124 Opioid Overdose Lives in 6 months deploying naloxone. 20,948 Statewide Deployments in 2018
Boston Opioid Overdose Deaths 2014 -108; 2015 – 152; 2016 – 195; 2017 – 195; 2018 – 180 opioid deaths.
The trend in annual number of confirmed and estimated cases of opioid-related overdose deaths for all intents from 2000 to 2018. In order to obtain timelier estimates of the total number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts – confirmed and probable – DPH used predictive modeling techniques for all cases not yet finalized by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). Based on the data available as of January 15, 2019, DPH estimates that there will be an additional 104 to 117 deaths in 2017 and an additional 320 to 394 deaths in 2018, once these cases are finalized.
BOSTON STRONG – Boston Public Health reports –
On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (CDC, 2017). In Massachusetts, there were 1233 confirmed deaths in the first nine months of 2018 (MDPH Data Brief, 2018) Overdose deaths are preventable and can be prevented by laypeople. Overdose prevention education is vital to the health and safety of the Boston community.
Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training
Each year in Boston about 10,000 individuals undergo training on how to administer naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses.
Naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, has been credited with reversing nearly 1,124 overdoses in Boston from October 2016 to May 2017. BPHC offers education and training to opioid users, their families and community partners that work or may come into contact with people at risk of overdosing.
Participants learn about the importance of calling 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose, how to perform rescue breathing and administer nasal Narcan, and treatment options for opioid users.
BPHC wants to support local businesses, organizations and civilians in keeping their communities safe for all.
Please click here to download a Safer Bathroom flyer. The Safer Bathroom Initiative was created to combat the high number of fatal overdoses that occur in public bathrooms. The Office of Community Prevention works with local businesses and organizations to create safe bathroom protocols and workplace safety plans regardining overdoses.
Contact us for more information on the Safer Bathrooms Initiative or to request a free on-site Overdose Prevention training with your interested group.
Those looking to carry Narcan rescue kits can obtain them in the following three ways:
- Access through the Pharmacy via Statewide Standing Order. Go to your local pharmacy and request a Narcan Rescue Kit.
- Obtain a prescription from your doctor.
- Attend and complete a BPHC Overdose Prevention training. (Limited supply available.)
2019 Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Training Schedule
All trainings are held at the Finland Building, 774 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
There is NO fee and NO RSVP required. Come and learn skills that could save lives.
Trainings last a total of 90 minutes.
|Afternoons (3:00 PM Start)||Evenings (6:00 PM Start)|
|January 7||January 15|
|February 4||February 19 |
|March 4 (cancelled)||March 19|
|April 1||April 16|
|May 6||May 21 |
|June 3||June 18|
|July 1||July 16|
|August 5||August 20|
|September 9||September 17|
|October 7||October 15|
|November 4||November 19|
|December 2||December 17|
For information, contact Helen McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-534-5072