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Post-Overdose Response Team Development (OEMS0007)

Communities across the state are coming together to create an effective response to the significant increase in overdose deaths in recent years. Post-overdose response teams (PORTs) are an emerging strategy to meaningfully engage with people who have experienced an overdose. These teams follow up with patients who have experienced an overdose within 72 hours. Teams seek to link the patient with appropriate care ranging from harm reduction services to treatment to recovery supports.

These PORT Trainings will equip participants to start or continue development of programs led by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and/or a harm reduction community-based organization. In addition to EMS, teams will learn to meaningfully engage with persons with lived experience or in recovery and other harm reduction specialists when developing and operating PORTs.

Program Objectives

  • Take a critical look at our understanding of substance use disorders (SUDs), addiction science, and people who use drugs (PWUD).
  • Gain an understanding of more appropriate interventions, treatment, and linkage to care options for PWUD.
  • Examine what prevents people from seeking treatment.
  • Provide first responders and community partners with strategies aimed to identify resources in their community to support their team and how to make referrals to these agencies.
  • Equip you to develop a post-overdose response team to serve as a strategic approach to address overdose within your community.
Category/Level Basic  
Date(s)  Tue. Apr 16, 2019 08:00-5:00 
Location Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office
30 Corban Avenue SE, Concord NC 28025 
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Building/Room 7th Floor 
Handicap Accessibility No
WiFi Access  
Offered By NC Office of Emergency Medical Services 
Primary Instructor Tucker, Tara Williams 
Course Length 8 Hours 
Course Hours
CEUs 6.00 
Target Audience EMS Professionals, Fire, Law Enforcement, Health Department 

Participants are strongly encouraged to fill out the following survey prior to attending the course.


Questions about the course?  Please contact McKenzie Beamer, NC OEMS, at or Amy Patel, DPH,

Maximum Participants 50
# Open Seats 50
# on Wait List 0
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Offering Specific Information

This course will be run through Rowan Cabarrus Community College.  The fee for public safety will be waived.  There will be a fee for non-public safety members.  That fee amount will be $70.00 and made payable to Rowan Cabarrus Community College the day of the course. 

Contact Alan Thompson email: with questions.
Payment (if required) and college registration will be handled on the first day of class (checks or money orders only). Contact Alan Thompson to work out advanced payment if necessary.

Please allow 20 extra minutes to park and get to the building before the start of class.  Map of training facility parking is located in the documents tab.   |   |  Emergency Management Program's HelpDesk: 919-825-2574   |  NCEM Email   |  Healthcare Program's HelpDesk: 919-855-3812   |  OEMS Email