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First Response: Working on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis Training


This free, 1-hour, online training addresses the mental and physical stressors faced by first responders when responding to opioid overdose calls and provides evidence-based coping strategies and resources to mitigate the impacts of these stressful events.

This course is free, online, and self-paced. Course participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

This course is designed to help first responders do the following:

  • Describe the opioid crisis, including its extent and how it affects the critical work that first responders do.
  • Describe mental health and substance use issues and mental and substance use disorders that are more common among first responders than the general public.
  • Recognize the warning signs of mental and substance use disorders in yourself and your peers.
  • Help reduce stigma, or negative and incorrect ideas about mental and substance use disorders—including the nature of opioid use and misuse, opioid use disorder, and addiction, and the needs of first responders.
  • Identify and use stress management and healthy coping strategies.
  • Share evidence-based practices and resources for self-care and positive responses to work stress.

Guests must complete the training course in one session. The course cannot be restarted.

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If you would like to embed this course into your agency’s LMS, we can provide you with the course materials. This option would allow your team to have direct access to the course and your team’s course completions.

If you are interested in embedding the course into your agency’s LMS, please contact SAMHSA DTAC at or 800–308–3515 to receive the course Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) package.

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Last Updated: 02/28/2024
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