Background: Substance misuse continues to be a significant concern in the United States, with over 700,000 lives lost from a drug overdose between 1999 and 2017. However, nursing curricula have failed to keep pace with the epidemic. Methods: The current study used a pre-post study design and involved a convenience sample of undergraduate nursing students (n = 37) enrolled in a community health nursing course. Students completed an 11-item online survey examining naloxone stigma, naloxone self-efficacy, and naloxone knowledge. A paired sample t test was conducted to evaluate the impact of the in-person training and education event. Results: There was a statistically significant increase in post-intervention naloxone knowledge scores from the pre-survey (M = 3.57, SD = 0.959) to the post-survey (M = 4.70, SD = 0.520). Stigma toward naloxone demonstrated a statistically significant increase in the post-intervention stigma survey (M = 9.00, SD = 1.312) compared with the pre-intervention stigma survey (M = 7.78, SD = 2.228). Naloxone self-efficacy also demonstrated a statistically significant increase in the post-intervention naloxone efficacy survey (M = 10.08, SD = 1.064) compared with the pre-intervention naloxone efficacy scores (M = 7.38, SD = 2.22). Conclusions: The students’ scores demonstrated a significant increase in naloxone knowledge, self-efficacy, and stigma. Future research is needed to explore the impact of integrating naloxone education in the undergraduate nursing curriculum.
- harm reduction
- nursing education
- overdose prevention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health