CBHRS researchers are evaluating Project HOPE, the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Narcan® distribution and overdose education program. Narcan® is a nasal spray medication that reverses opioid overdose. The public distribution of opioid overdose rescue kits is a best practice strategy to reduce opioid-related deaths.

Community-based agencies collaborate with Project HOPE to provide Narcan® kits to members of the general public and to professionals (e.g., first responders, agency/organization staff). CBHRS researchers work with the agencies to track the distribution of kits and have compiled findings in the “Alaska Narcan® Distribution 2017-2018” infographic report to explain trends across geographic and demographic groups.

Additionally, people who used an opioid overdose rescue kit voluntarily completed a report-back survey to describe their experiences and circumstances surrounding utilization. Information from 199 administrations in 2017 and 2018 is visually illustrated in the “Narcan® Use in Alaska 2017-2018” infographic report.

Both infographics are available from ISER’s publications database.

drawing of a Narcan nasal spray rescue kit