1. Reynolds, Kimberly DNP, MS

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"Managing Pain During an Opioid Epidemic" (Nursing Resources, December 2019) provides a wonderful list of resources related to opioids and pain management.


When educating people on these topics, it is also vital to discuss overdose prevention programs. It's important that as nurses we are educated on naloxone and its use, and that we share this information with patients and their families. Naloxone can save lives by temporarily reversing the effects of opioids when given during an overdose. Many public health programs and community-based programs provide education on responding to an opioid overdose and also distribute naloxone to be administered by bystanders.


I recommend these additional resources for further information:


* Harm Reduction Coalition ( offers news, policies, tools, and best practices related to overdose prevention.


* Get Naloxone Now ( provides free online training modules on overdose recognition, how to use naloxone, and information on where to obtain it.


* Next Naloxone ( features an opioid overdose response training and facilitates access to naloxone via mail.



Kimberly Reynolds, DNP, MS


Youngstown, OH