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Free Overdose Prevention and Response Trainings

Monday, September 16, 2019
Trainings by appointment also available.

Are you worried about overdoses happening where you work or live? Wondering how you can help prevent an overdose? 
Come and learn skills that could save lives. The Cambridge Public Health Department offers free overdose prevention and response trainings on a monthly basis to the community and free on-site trainings for groups by appointment.   
This comprehensive 1-hour training includes:
  • Up-to-date information about the opioid crisis in Cambridge.
  • How to distinguish between overdose and non-emergency situations, such as drunkenness.   
  • What to do if you see someone in trouble.
  • How to access naloxone (Narcan™), the overdose reversal medication.  
To learn more, please contact Tali Schiller at the Cambridge Public Health Department at naschiller@challiance.org or 617-665-3872.
Monthly Trainings

The health department offers a free 1-hour overdose prevention and response training every month at locations around Cambridge. Meeting times and locations are subject to change. There is no fee and no RSVP required. 

Time Date Location
3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 CHA Windsor Street Care Center
2nd Floor
119 Windsor Street
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 Harvard Square kiosk,
CultureHouse pop-up
18 Brattle Street
3 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 - *Out of an abundance of caution, we will be postponing indefinitely this training.*
Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
Rossi Room 
449 Broadway
6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Cambridge Police Department
Community Room
125 Sixth Street
3 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2020
Eastern Bank - Central Square Branch
Community Room
647 Massachusetts Ave.
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020 To be determined

On-Site Trainings for Groups
The health department offers free 1-hour overdose prevention and response trainings to a variety of groups, including businesses, medical professionals, community organizations, active users, and student groups.

Trainings are appropriate for all groups interested in learning more about overdose prevention and encouraged for those who are likely to witness an overdose.
To request a free overdose prevention training for your organization or group, please fill out this form


Cambridge Public Health Department
119 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-665-3826 (main)
617-665-3800 (main)
617-665-3888 (fax)
617-643-0744 (TTY)

Hours: Monday-Friday:
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
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