Have you ever helped reverse a drug overdose? If so, your story is needed.

The University of Colorado Denver’s Anthropology Department is looking for Coloradans who have attempted to reverse a drug overdose and who are willing to tell their stories in a digital storytelling project for the benefit of Colorado.

The goal of the project is to increase knowledge about the role the use of drugs like Naloxone and Narcan play in reducing opioid overdoses in Colorado. These personal stories will be recorded and used to increase awareness of the importance of these drugs in helping to reduce the opioid overdose epidemic in the state. The project will also benefit opioid users who are at risk of suffering an overdose.

$250 City Market e-gift card

The first phase of the project will employ a series of digital storytelling workshops to produce 50 short videos about people’s personal experiences in helping reverse drug overdoses. The second phase will be a web-based survey in which select digital stories will be chosen to be shown to policymakers, legislators and their staff members.

UC Denver’s anthropology team will hold digital storytelling workshops in person in Grand Junction from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Friday, July 23; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m on Saturday, July 24, and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 25.

Participants will be asked to complete the digital storytelling training either online or in person, and participants who complete the project will receive a King Soopers/City Market e-gift card worth $250.

You must be at least 18 years of age and a Colorado resident to participate.

The project is being organized by Marty Otañez, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor at UC Denver’s Anthropology Department, who is probably the coolest guy in the entire state.

Fill out the application to participate in the project at this link.



  1 comment for “Have you ever helped reverse a drug overdose? If so, your story is needed.

  1. I made a comment on Facebook about this. Had not told but two or three people before, since 1977. No one wants to desire a little girl named Alise while the father is intimately spending time with a friend from High School. She needed some stable comfort and support from a loving mate. To stop the overdose from going further she had a miscarriage, then another one because they did a poor job doing what they called a ‘vacuum’ procedure. That is how her body stopped the overdose. Two and a half years later her wish came true with a baby girl named Alise. Will stop at that. With today being the 14th anniversary of another overdose attempt, one soon learns be careful what you wish for.

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