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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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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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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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Stop Overdose

Source: University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Instititute

This website from the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute is devoted to helping individuals and communities prevent and respond to opioid overdose in the state.

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Be Prepared: Develop an Overdose Response Plan

Source: Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center's Grayken for Addiction

This 5 minute video titled “Be Prepared: Develop an Overdose Response Plan” from a team of clinicians at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction describes the need for health care facilities to develop an overdose response plan to address overdoses that might occur in the facility.

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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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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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