Overdose Prevention

Who is at Risk of Overdose?

According to the World Health Organization, people dependent on opioids are the group most likely to suffer an overdose. People at higher risk of opioid overdose include:

  • Household members of people in possession of opioids (including prescription opioids)
  • People who inject opioids
  • People who use opioids and have medical conditions such as HIV, liver or lung disease or suffer from depression
  • People who use opioids in combination with other sedating substances
  • People who use prescription opioids, in particular those taking higher doses
  • People with opioid dependence, in particular following reduced tolerance (following detoxification, release from incarceration, cessation of treatment)

Infectious Diseases

People who inject opioids and share needles are at increased risk for developing infectious diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Tuberculosis, and other blood borne infectious diseases. In addition to linkage to treatment and recovery, it is important to reduce harm and the spread of these serious diseases. For resources to prevent infectious diseases, view needle exchange locations offered by the Chicago Recovery Alliance.

Who is at Risk of Witnessing an Overdose?

People most likely to witness an opioid overdose include:

  • People at-risk of an opioid overdose, their friends and families
  • People whose work brings them into contact with people who overdose:
    • Emergency service workers
    • Health-care workers
    • Peer education and outreach workers
    • People providing accommodation to people who use drugs
    • Police

Overdose Prevention Training

The DuPage Narcan Program offers free trainings to community members virtually and in-person, where attendees can learn about the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, how to use the lifesaving antidote Narcan, and learn about community resources. View a list of upcoming training events.