Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Naloxone Project for First Responders


The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) and the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) received grant awards similar to many other states to combat what has been called a nationwide opioid epidemic. As part of South Dakota's targeted response to this epidemic, the DOH in collaboration with DSS established regional training sessions to equip and educate first responders including hospital staff, Emergency Medical Services, and law enforcement agencies statewide.

First responder agencies are on the front lines of the opioid crisis and are challenged with the many dangers of opioids and the result of potent synthetic manufacturing thereof; some synthetics, 100 times more powerful, require special handling for responder safety. During training sessions, DOH educated responders about the opioid crisis, the symptomatology of an opioid overdose, and general treatment and safety recommendations of a patient suffering a suspected opioid overdose. Furthermore, DOH has equipped first responder agencies with Naloxone, a medication intended to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.


The survey results for the naloxone training, NVDRS, and MHFA statewide have been reviewed. Due to small numbers, training has been cancelled three locations: Aberdeen, Huron, and Chamberlain.

Training Dates

  • Sioux Falls
    November 5, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - Noon CT
    Ramado Hotel and Suites, 1301 West Russell Street
  • Brookings
    November 5, 2018 | 2 - 5 p.m. CT
    Fire Hall, 607 20th Avenue
  • Watertown
    November 7, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - Noon CT
    Airport Fire Station, 500 Golf Course Road
  • Mitchell
    November 15, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - Noon CT
    Mitchell Technical Institute, 1800 East Spruce Street
  • Pierre
    November 28, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - Noon CT
    Red Rossa Italian Grill, 808 West Sioux Avenue
  • Rapid City
    December 19, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. MT
    Pennington County EOC, 130 Kansas City Street

To register or for more information:
Please contact Marty Link via email or phone at 605.367.5372