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The purpose of the “Overdose Prevention Training” is to enable participants to screen for overdose risk, provide brief overdose prevention education, and assist those at risk to access Naloxone (Narcan) appropriately so as to become public ambassadors of overdose prevention. Upon completion, training participants will be able to:
1. Characterize the heroin/opioid and overdose epidemic in Philadelphia;
2. Identify the combinations of drugs, pharmaceuticals, and medications individuals are using;
3. Explain the Good Samaritan Act 139 and Pennsylvania’s Standing Order for Naloxone (Narcan);
4. Recognize harm reduction approaches to high risk behavior including drug use and misuse e.g.; Syringe Exchange Program, condom distribution etc. and
5. Identify immediate protocols for effectively administering the life-saving medication Naloxone (Narcan) to help prevent opioid overdose fatalities.
Introduction/Overview of the DBHIDS CRAFT Project & the Heroin/Opioid Crisis by:
Program Analyst Supervisor/CRAFT Project Coordinator
Office of Addiction Services Ricardo.Tull@phila.gov
Silvana Mazzella, Training Facilitator
Director of Programs at Prevention Point Philadelphia Silvana@ppponline.org
Silvana Mazzella has been the Director of Programs at Prevention Point Philadelphia for eight years. She is responsible for coordination and evaluation of all program services, with direct management of the Overdose Prevention Program. Prior to working at Prevention Point Silvana worked at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, in the Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH), as a Community Development Coordinator, and then as a Health Systems Planner. Prior to that, Silvana worked as a Medical Case Manager in an HIV clinic, and did inpatient social work at a local hospital. Early on Silvana worked as a community and political organizer, and a consultant, and prior to that did street outreach.
Elvis Rosado, Training Facilitator
Prevention Point Philadelphia Elvis@ppponline.org
Born in Arecibo Puerto Rico. Raised in north Philadelphia, Father of a 23 year old Penn State Graduate, the joy of his life. He is a product of a hard working mother, a drug addicted father & of the streets of north Philadelphia. He has 24 years of sobriety. Currently he is working at prevention Point Philadelphia as coordinator of education & out reach. He spent over13 years as a volunteer at Prevention Point since 1992 in one aspect or another before coming to work as a full employee. Prior to this work, he was a prevention Specialist in the Philadelphia school system for 7 years, where I taught k through 12 graders everything from stranger danger to Drug & violence prevention to teen dating violence & job interview etiquette. Drug & Alcohol Prevention Etc. Before teaching he worked as a harm reduction specialist & an addictions therapist in 2 methadone clinic as well as in an adolescent program. He is an alumni of the Latino Partnership Institute, a coach, & instructor of the institute,
In all he has spent the larger portion of his life either in the system or working with the system to try & help a fellow human being in any & every aspect of addictions, HIV, Hepatitis, homelessness, education, better life choices, etc..