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Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What’s Working in the United States

Evidence Ranking: Proven

This 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control describes evidence-based strategies to prevent opioid overdose based on a review of the published evidence and consultation with subject matter experts. The report describes 10 strategies that could be implemented by public health officials, law enforcement, local organizations or other community leaders.

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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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She Literally Saved My Life: How the LEAD Program in Seattle is Helping Those in Crisis

Source: Arnold Ventures

This 3 minute video features the story of an individual who was assisted by Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. It includes interviews with case managers, law enforcement officers, and recipients of service and explains how the program improves outcomes for individuals in the community.

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Changing Course in the Overdose Crisis: Moving from Punishment to Harm Reduction and Health

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

This guide from the Vera Institute of Justice details harm reduction strategies to address problematic drug use for the criminal justice system. The report includes a brief history of how the current drug overdose crisis developed and an overview of the development and consequences of the “war on drugs.”

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Ohio Addiction Policy Inventory and Scorecard: Overdose Reversal and Other Forms of Harm Reduction

Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) Addiction Evidence Project

This 2018 report from the Ohio Health Policy Institute describes policy changes implemented between 2013 and 2018 to address overdose reversal and other harm reduction efforts. The report includes a scorecard indicating the extent Ohio is implementing evidence-based harm reduction strategies and offers suggestions for policy improvements.

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Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT): Approach to Harm Reduction

Source: Dr. Honora Englander

This resource serves as a guide to speaking with patients who use drugs about harm reduction strategies such as safe injection tips, HIV prevention and prophylaxis, and naloxone to treat opioid overdose. It is one of the protocols and tools developed for Oregon Health & Science University’s Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) program which provides addiction medicine consultations to patients treated in the hospital who have a diagnosis of substance use disorder.

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Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT): Template for Relapse Prevention Plan

Source: Dr. Honora Englander

This guide speaks with patients who use drugs about harm reduction strategies such as safe injection tips, HIV prevention and prophylaxis, and naloxone to treat opioid overdose. It is one of the protocols and tools developed for Oregon Health & Science University’s Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) program, which provides addiction medicine consultations to patients treated in the hospital who have a diagnosis of substance use disorder.

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Public Health Excellence in Law Enforcement

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

This is the website for Arizona’s public health excellence in law enforcement award. The website includes criteria for the award, instructions on how to apply, a list of law enforcement agencies who have been recognized through the program, and links to naloxone policies and procedures from recognized law enforcement agencies.

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Public Health Excellence in Law Enforcement

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

As part of Arizona’s enhanced opioid data surveillance program, Arizona’s Department of Health Services operates an excellence in law enforcement recognition program. The program recognizes law enforcement agencies that establish naloxone administrative programs and submit their opioid incident data to the on-line reporting portal.

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