Harm Reduction and OAT Online Learning Modules

These free online learning modules address the urgent need for effective harm reduction interventions and access to opioid agonist treatment (OAT) amid the rising global challenges of drug use and possible related harms. Despite evidence supporting harm reduction strategies and OAT, drug-related deaths continue to escalate worldwide.

These modules take a person-centred approach and provide a basic introduction to drug use, harm reduction and OAT. Whether you are new to the harm reduction sector or seeking a refresher, our learning modules offer insights into global drug use trends, treatment approaches, and the vital role of harm reduction services and OAT in reducing drug-related deaths.

Our flexible online modules allow learners to progress independently and feature engaging elements like videos, animations, and interactive exercises. Each module takes 20-30 minutes to complete. 

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Module 1: Different Drugs

This module explores:

  • A basic introduction to common drugs and how they work
  • Factors influencing the development of substance use disorders
  • The importance of using appropriate language when talking about people who use drugs

Module 2: Trend in Drug Use

This module explores:

  • Global trends in drug use
  • Regional trends in drug use
  • The impact on people who use drugs

Module 3: Harm Reduction

This module explores:

  • Introduction to harm reduction
  • Overview of different harm reduction interventions, including OAT, needle and syringe programs, drug consumption rooms, opioid overdose prevention and reversal (Naloxone), and drug checking.

Module 4: Opioid Agonist Treatment

This module explores:

  • Opioid use disorder
  • The mechanism and efficacy of OAT
  • Challenges related to access and treatment choice.