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P41. Effect of Opioid Overdose Education and Training on the Knowledge and Attitudes of Participants at a Community College Campus

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Novice Level

Learner objectives:

– Participants will recognize the need for more opioid overdose prevention programs in a variety of settings including college campuses.
-Participants will compare and contrast the opioid overdose knowledge scale (OOKS) and opioid overdose attitudes scale (OOAS)
-Participants will summarize the results of a pilot study on a community college campus utilizing the OOKS and OOAS.



There is evidence that training laypeople to use naloxone can prepare them to respond effectively to an opioid overdose, with little to no adverse effects. Despite the efficacy of layperson overdose response training and naloxone treatment, deaths remain high among young adults. Thus, there is a need to make overdose training available in a greater variety of settings, including college campuses. METHODS: Paired samples t tests were used to evaluate knowledge scores on the OOKs and OOAS pre and post intervention. RESULTS: A total of 59 surveys were completed fully n = 59. From this sample 52 of the surveys were identified as “student” surveys n = 52. There was a statistically significant increase in total knowledge between pretest (m = 28.33) and post test scores (m = 40.19), mean increase of 13.54, conditions t(51)= 14.031, p=.000, 95% CI [11.61, 15.48]. Of the four domains measured the domains of risk and naloxone use demonstrated a statistically significant increase in knowledge scores. There was statistically significant increase in attitudes between pretest (m = 99.39) and post test scores (m = 121.17), mean increase of 21.79, t(51)= 15.25, p=.000, 95% CI [18.92, 24.66]. The three domains (competence, concerns, and readiness) showed statistically significant increases in scores CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that implementation of an opioid overdose prevention program within a college environment can be successful in increasing knowledge and attitudes regarding opioid overdose. Overdose prevention programs in a variety of settings including college campuses would be well received and is strongly encouraged.


Christin Protesto
DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, Rebel Recovery

Dr. Protesto works as a nurse consultant in behavioral health and as an adjunct nursing faculty member. She has previously worked as a director of nursing, full-time professor of nursing, and of course as a staff nurse for 14 years in a dual diagnosis treatment center center. She is also an active board member for an excellent non-profit organization in Palm Beach County, FL called Rebel Recovery.

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