Talk with friends and family about responding to an overdose and using naloxone in case of an opioid overdose.
What friends and family can do to prevent an overdose death
Call 911 if you find someone in an overdosed state. Stay with the person until the ambulance arrives. Know that Rhode Island has a "Good Samaritan" law that will protect you, from minor violations of drug and alcohol laws;
Try to wake the person up by yelling their name and rubbing the middle of the chest hard;
Try rescue breathing;
Put the person on their side so they do not choke;
Stock and use naloxone (also known as Narcan) to stop a opioid overdose. Rhode Island Walgreens pharmacies sell this antidote without a doctor's prescription and is covered by most health insurers. Training on this drug will be provided when it is purchased;