American Medical Association

What every U.S. employer can do to help end the overdose epidemic

  1. Promote harm reduction at work. This may include installing a naloxone rescue station and posting signs telling employees where they can obtain information about naloxone and learn to recognize signs of overdose and be trained to administer naloxone.
  2. Reduce stigma associated with pain, drug use, harm reduction and treatment. Treat all employees with compassion and dignity. Dispel myths about substance-use disorders, opioid therapy, naloxone and promote fact and evidence-based harm-reduction information.


Opioid Overdose Awareness Training

  • National & local opioid epidemic trends
  • Overview of opioids 
  • Substance use stigma
  • Aaron’s Law – Indiana’s Good Samaritan Law
  • How to administer Narcan
  • What we can all do now to reduce overdose deaths
  • Opioid Overdose Responder Training with the app – Naxos OD

About the Trainer
Joanne Kelley Cogdell
CEO, Naxos Neighbors

Joanne has worked in community education for over 20 years and harm reduction for nine years. She was an HIV Risk Reduction Specialist funded through the Minority Aids Coalition in Philadelphia for seven years. Joanne is a certified Opioid Overdose Prevention Trainer through the New York State Department of Health and has numerous certifications in opioid use disorder. She is currently partnering with the University of Notre Dame, Department of Analytical Chemistry to develop local drug checking and the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine as a steering committee member for Defining Terminology and Outcome Measures for Evaluating Digital and/or Virtual Drug Overdose Response Technology.