COPE – Overdose First Aid

The COPE Program

Penington Institute’s Community Overdose Prevention Education (COPE) program works with any organisation whose clients include people who use opioids and/or people who may witness an overdose.

We provide training and support to those services, allowing them to set up their own programs to train clients to prevent, recognise and respond to opioid overdose using naloxone.

The training for staff takes no more than an hour and will help you provide brief intervention training to clients in ten to fifteen minutes.

For more information on the COPE program, contact Penington Institute on 03 9650 0699 or at

Naloxone saves lives

In Victoria every year hundreds of people die from pharmaceutical or illicit drug overdose. Many of those deaths involve opioid drugs like oxycodone, morphine or heroin. Naloxone is a medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdose, allowing a person to breathe and buying time for medical help to arrive. Naloxone is completely legal, safe and easy to use.

You can learn more about opioid overdose and naloxone below. View a list of Victorian services that provide naloxone training at the bottom of this page.

Prenoxad comes with needles but naloxone ampoules do not. If someone is accessing naloxone ampoules they need to have 3ml luer lock syringes and 23g needles. These may be available at the pharmacy or at a Needle and Syringe Program.

To find your nearest Victorian Needle and Syringe Program contact DirectLine on 1800 888 236

Fact Sheets


Preventing Overdose


Information for Health Professionals

Example prescriptions

Information for Police

Responding to overdose with Prenoxad (naloxone)

Responding to overdose with ampoules (naloxone)


Below is a list of naloxone training providers for people at risk of overdose / potential overdose witnesses. If you work at an agency and want naloxone training please contact Penington Institute on 03 9650 0699.

North Richmond Community Health NSP
23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Ph: 03 9418 9830

Barwon Health – Craig Harvey
40 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220
03 4215 8714

Portland District Health
Bentinck Street, Portland VIC 3305
03 55210675

LaTrobe Community Health
81/87 Buckley St, Morwell VIC 3840
1800 242 696

Harm Reduction Victoria
28 Peel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
(03) 9329 1500

CoHealth – Healthworks – Jen Hamilton
4-12 Buckley St, Footscray VIC 3011
03 9362 8100

Bendigo Community Health – Bart McGill
171 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550
(03) 5448 1600

Monash Health – Leanne Van
84 Foster Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175
03 979 27630

Castlemaine District Community Health Janet Lees
13 Mostyn Street , Castlemaine, VIC 3450
(03) 5479 1000

Ballarat Community Health – Pauline Molloy
12 Lilburne Street , Lucas , VIC 3350
03 5338 4500

St Kilda NSP – Bec Thatcher
29 Grey St, , St Kilda, Vic 3182
03 9536 7780

Uniting Care Regen – Ginny McKinnon
26 Jessie St, Coburg VIC 3058
03 9386 2876

Primary Care Connect – Tim Griffiths
399 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC 3630
03 5823 3200

12-14 Halstead Place Geelong West 3216
03 5221 4466