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Strategies to Prevent Overdose in New York State: A Harm Reduction Framework


Published Date: 11/16/2023

Expiration Date: 04/03/2026

CE Credit: CME:1CNE: 1CPE: 1


This course will ensure that provides understand the role that they play in preventing overdose, while equipping them with information to help counsel their patients on harm reduction strategies to prevent overdose. It will cover the epidemiology of overdose, the role and importance of naloxone and other harm reduction methods to avoid, recognize and act on overdose.


Kelly Ramsey,MD, MPH, MA, FACP, DFASAM

Kelly S. Ramsey, MD, MPH, MA, FACP, DFASAM, is an internal medicine physician who has treated substance use disorders since 2004. She is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine, and holds an MPH (Master of Public Health) in epidemiology and an MA (Master of Arts) in bioethics. Dr. Ramsey’s most recent professional role was Chief of Medical Services at the New York State Office for Addiction Services and Supports. She has provided expert advice to the New York State (NYS) Department of Health AIDS Institute for over a decade, serving on numerous committees. She also serves as President for the NYSAM (New York Society of Addiction Medicine) Board of Directors; sits on the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) National Board of Directors as the Region I Director, representing NYS; and serves as a Council Board Member for NYACP (NY Chapter of the American College of Physicians). Dr. Ramsey is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM. In 2017, Dr. Ramsey was an ACP Laureate Award Recipient, awarded to “members, who have demonstrated by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment of excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their region, and the ACP.” In 2018, she was the recipient of the NYS Department of Health Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award for contributions to drug user health in NYS in 2018. And in 2023, Dr. Ramsey received the ACP's Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine Award for “distinguished contribution to the integration of behavioral medicine with traditional medicine. This award recognizes an individual who has furthered the care of patients by recognizing the importance of caring for the whole patient, both mind and body.” 

Learning Objectives

  • Review the epidemiology of overdose, including overdose involving opioids and stimulants in New York State.
  • Discuss the role and safety of prescribing and distributing naloxone to prevent overdose deaths.
  • Identify harm reduction methods to avoid, recognize and act on overdose.

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