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Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training Pilot Program

The Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Pilot Program, implemented by the Department of Human Services, provides willing and able homeless shelter staff the information and tools needed to save someone experiencing an opioid overdose using Naloxone (also known as Narcan) while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.


  • TRAINING: DHS offers all staff in participating shelters the opportunity to take the DC Health Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone training. Space is limited and participants must register before attending.
    - View the list of upcoming training sessions and register for training.
  • NALOXONE: DHS pays for the life-saving medication – Naloxone nasal kits – to be available at participating shelters. Staff is required to take the DC Health Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training in order to administer Naloxone.
  • REPORTING: DHS tracks who has received training and the total number of Naloxone kits used in shelters. Shelter staff submits a reporting form after each overdose. o To submit a reporting form, please click here.
  • STAFF SUPPORT: DHS conducts check-ins with shelter staff to make sure they have the tools needed to respond when a drug overdose occurs.


The following shelters have been selected for the pilot program. There may be opportunities to expand to other shelters depending on the success of the pilot.

  •  801 East Shelter: 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
  • New York Avenue Shelter: 1355 New York Avenue, NE
  • Adams Place Shelter & Drop-In Center: 2210 Adams Place, NE
  • Harriet Tubman Shelter & Day Center:
    1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE, Bldg. 27
  • Patricia Handy Place for Women: 810 5th Street, NW
  • Nativity Shelter for Women: 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW

For more information on the DHS Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training Pilot Program, contact (202) 698-1860.