Patients & Caregivers

Spotlight: Project ECHO

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) initiative which connects clinical specialty providers such as addiction medicine experts with primary care providers through multi-point video conferencing technology. The model uses case-based learning where the speciallists combine brief lectures on clinical topics with case presentations and work with the primary care providers to enhance their knowledge and ability to treat conditions such as opioid use disorder. Project ECHO began in 2003 in New Mexico but now operates throughout the United States and internationally. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Project ALERT

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: RAND Corporation

The website for Project ALERT, an evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum for grades 7 and 8 developed by the RAND Corporation. On-line training, lessons plans, posters and videos are available for free for educators. Project ALERT recently added an opioid lesson to the core curriculum.

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Patients & Caregivers

The Arizona Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative: A Multi-Systemic, Multi-Level Approach for Addressing Arizona’s “Silent Epidemic”

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

Arizona piloted a multi-faceted initiative intended to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in 4 counties between July of 2012 and December 2013. This evaluation of the pilot from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission found that the pilot delivered results including reduced

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Addiction’s Impact on Children and Families: Resources for Parents, Grandparents, Children and Youth

Research has shown that having a close family member with a history of addiction is a risk factor for substance use and for developing a substance use disorder. In this collection, we feature resources that provide education about addiction, support for coping when a family member has an addiction, and selected resources designed to help prevent the development of substance use disorder in children and youth.

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COVID-19

UPDATED September 24, 2020:  The COVID-19 public health emergency is particularly challenging for people in treatment for substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who use drugs. This collection features educational resources that can be adapted for local settings, specific guidance on harm reduction, recovery housing and providing peer support services during the pandemic, and links to websites that provide high-quality information, data, and/or examples for local communities to adopt.

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Arizona Naloxone Education and Distribution

Arizona has prioritized naloxone education and distribution to reduce opioid overdose deaths and has created documents and policies to assist in implementing their naloxone program. Links to the project website and copies of policy documents are available for download below.

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Arizona Pain and Addiction Curriculum

Deans and curriculum representatives from all 18 schools educating health care providers in Arizona came together to create this non-proprietary curriculum on pain and addiction that is available for use in other states. Links to project websites and the curriculum and faculty guide for download are available below.

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Arizona Rethink Rx Abuse Public Health Campaign

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family created a toolkit for communities to launch a public health information campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse. The toolkit includes targeted educational materials and information about implementing harm reduction and safe medication disposal programs as well as information for patients, caregivers, and parents to help them better understand the risks of prescription medications and how to reduce those risks.

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