Manitoba Training Manual: Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response


Key Questions: How can opioid overdose be addressed effectively? What is the Province of Manitoba's recommendations in this area?

This manual provides education about the use of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, to address the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses.

This manual is intended to prepare educators/trainers in provincial Take-Home Naloxone distribution sites to prepare lay-persons to prevent, recognize and respond to overdose in a voluntary capacity. Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response training includes the key knowledge and competencies required to administer naloxone. Lay-responder training is designed to be brief and low-threshold, and is designed specifically for the preparation of people at risk of opioid overdose.


  • Welcome
  • Who should use this training manual?
  • Learning Objectives
  • Basics of Psychoactive Substances
  • Overdose Risk Factors and Prevention 
  • Overdose Recognition and Response
  • Videos
  • Introduction to Manitoba Take Home Naloxone Program
  • Resources
  • Learning Objectives Checklist
  • Statement Against the Discrimination of People who Carry Naloxone
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Summary of the Tool:

Psychoactive substances can be classified into these categories.

An overdose is when the body is overwhelmed by exposure to something, in this case, a toxic amount of drug or combination of drugs which cause the body to be unable to maintain or monitor functions necessary for life. These are functions like breathing, heart rate, and regulating body temperature.

Overdose prevention is imperative to help the life of the individual. The following is a learning objectives checklist which summarizes the material covered in the tool.

Training Videos

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Province of Manitoba

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