Policymakers & Community Leaders

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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Huntington Quick Response Team

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Prestera Center, Huntington Comprehensive Treatment Center, Recovery Point West Virginia, Huntington Police, Huntington Black Pastors Association, Cabell County Emergency Medical Services

These presentation slides describe the Huntington, West Virginia Quick Response Team (QRT) which is a partnership of substance use disorder treatment providers, law enforcement, first responders, and faith-based community members. The QRT’s mission is to follow up on individuals

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COVID-19

UPDATED July 6, 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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Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

The Public Library Association and OCLC, a global library cooperative, produced these resources to help libraries develop polices and programs to address the opioid crisis in their communities. This collection consists of 3 reports:

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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 Enhanced Opioid Data Surveillance

Arizona’s Department of Health Services adopted an enhanced opioid data surveillance program that requires first responders and health care providers to report suspected opioid overdoses, suspected opioid overdose deaths, naloxone distribution, and naloxone administration through an electronic reporting system. Providers are also required to report suspected cases of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (neonatal abstinence syndrome). In addition, the state provides blood testing from suspected opioid overdoses by the public health laboratory and has a real time opioid data online dashboard. Links the project website, copies of the executive order and regulations, frequently asked questions, and implementation guides are available below.

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Policymakers & Community Leaders

Situating the Continuum of Overdose Risk in the Social Determinants of Health: A New Conceptual Framework

Source: The Milbank Quarterly

This article presents a new conceptual framework for understanding the opioid crisis by describing factors that escalate risk for drug use, addiction, and overdose and proposes six policy strategies to address the epidemic’s root causes and deescalate risk. The framework promotes a comprehensive approach that recognizes the social determinants of health and shifts public policy from punishment to a public health approach.

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Patients & Caregivers

Farm Town Strong

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation & National Farmers Union

Farm Town Strong provides resources to assist farm and ranch communities address the opioid crisis from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union. The website includes results of a survey describing farm and ranch community perceptions of the opioid crisis as well as links to informational and support hotlines, a substance use disorder treatment locator, information about prevention and safe mediation disposal.

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Patients & Caregivers

Naloxone Training Video

Source: Baltimore City Health Department

This 4 minute video from the Baltimore Department of Health explains how to recognize an overdose and how to administer Naloxone to reverse the overdose. Part of Baltimore City’s Don’t Die campaign.

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What is Naloxone?

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This 3 minute video from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows how Naloxone works to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The video explains the science behind how opioids work in the body and how Naloxone works to reverse opioid overdose.

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