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U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Continuing Education and Accreditation
Division of Learning and Organizational Development
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Activity Outline
Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Training
July 25, 2024

Activity Coordinators:
Nina Mezu-Nwaba (,  Sasha Latonis (,  Surjit Basi (

This training is a 90-minute session which includes both didactic and practical skills training for participants focused on the recognition and response to respiratory arrest related to an opioid crisis, and the intervention using naloxone. Naloxone kits will not be distributed at this training.

Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing and has minimal side effects. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to administer naloxone and learn what to do until help arrives.

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Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the various forms of naloxone administration and demonstrate naloxone administration.
  • Explain legal protections and reporting requirements following naloxone administration.
  • Describe further resuscitation activities following naloxone administration.
  • Explain the importance of calling 9-1-1.
  • Describe the steps in responding to an opioid overdose victim.
  • Describe the indications for and effects of naloxone.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of an Opioid Overdose.
  • Assess the likelihood of an opioid overdose in a simulated overdose victim.
Target Audience
This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.
Registration Information
Registration is complimentary; therefore refunds are not applicable. For information on how to register to attend this activity, please contact the Activity Coordinator(s) listed above.
Day 1 July 25, 2024
Time Topic Speaker
10:00 - 10:05 AM EDT Overview Nina Mezu-Nwaba, PharmD, MPH, MSc
10:05 - 11:15 AM EDT Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Training Session Sadaf Nabavian, PharmD
Chiemena Anyanwu, RN
11:15 - 11:25 AM EDT Skills / Training Exercise Sadaf Nabavian, PharmD
Chiemena Anyanwu, RN
11:25 - 11:30 AM EDT Conclusion / Wrap-up Nina Mezu-Nwaba, PharmD, MPH, MSc
Continuing Education Accreditation
Jointly Accredited Provider
In support of improving patient care, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
ICPE Credit
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit(s) for learning and change.
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This knowledge-based activity has been assigned ACPE Universal Activity Number JA0002895-0000-24-079-L08-P for 1.50 contact hour(s).
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research designates this activity for 1.50 contact hour(s).
Requirements for Receiving CE Credit

All learners claiming credit must attest to their attendance and complete all required activity evaluation(s) in the FDA CE Portal ( within 14 days after an activity ends. Upon completion, learners may view/print statement of credit.

Attention NABP Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: The FDA CE Team will report your credit to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) provided you add your NABP ID and date of birth to your profile in the FDA CE Portal. The only official Statement of Credit is the one you pull from CPE Monitor. If you do not see your credit reflected on CPE Monitor* after 45 days of attestation, please contact *CPE Monitor sets a strict 60-day limit on uploading credits.


  • Anyanwu, Chiemena, RN, International Policy analyst, FDA - nothing to disclose
  • Mezu-Nwaba, Nina, PharmD, MPH, MSc, Deputy Office Director, Office of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices, HHS/FDA/CDRH - nothing to disclose
  • Nabavian, Sadaf, PharmD, Senior Regulatory Project Manager, FDA - nothing to disclose

Planning Committee
  • Mezu-Nwaba, Nina, PharmD, MPH, MSc, Deputy Office Director, Office of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices, HHS/FDA/CDRH - nothing to disclose
  • Mezu-Patel, Ngozi, MD, Clinical Director, United States Public Health Service - nothing to disclose
  • Zellner, Renee, RN, MPH, BSN, Regulatory Project Manager, CDER - nothing to disclose

CE Consultation and Accreditation Team
  • Faberlle, Alexandra M., Training Specialist / FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
  • Bryant, Traci, M.A.T., Lead Training Specialist, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
  • Wood, Sara, Accreditation Program Administrator, CECAT, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
Any relationship shown above in italics has been divested within the last 24 months and is therefore considered mitigated.
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
Requirements for Certificate of Completion (Non CE)
Must attend 100% of the activity.