Reducing the stigma surrounding substance use disorders requires changing people’s attitudes and behaviors, a challenging task many state and local government and community organizations have undertaken. In this collection, we provide guidance on creating your own community anti-stigma campaigns and examples of programs currently in operation across the country.
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.
This resource was developed by leaders from over 100 organizations and provides a discussion and list of actions that communities, organizations, businesses, governments, and funders can take to achieve the expectation of: all people and places thriving – no exceptions.
This report describes 5 principles policymakers can use to ensure the best use of funds from opioid litigation. The principles include:
The Faith in Harm Reduction online toolkit is a national collection of faith and community leaders who work together to address stigma against people who use drugs and advance liberation, health, and wholeness for communities impacted by overdose, trauma, stigma of substance use, and radicalized drug policy.
This web page from the Council of State Governments contains suggestions for successfully opening a crisis stabilization unit. The tips include understanding system gaps, harnessing collaboration and leadership buy-in, articulating goals for the center, and considering a phased funding approach.
This toolkit discusses core principles and strategies for creating a recovery community organization, as well as providing examples of the development of existing recovery community organizations.
The website for RAND Corporation’s Opioids Uncharted initiative compiles RAND’s research on all aspects of the opioid crisis with an emphasis on understanding the multifaceted complexity of the issue. The website includes links to reports, commentaries, blog posts, and multimedia resources.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health convened stakeholders over 2 years to discuss the impact that substance use has on the workforce and workplace and develop recommendations for human resource best practices around substance use disorder (SUD).
This interactive website includes information about a study conducted in Cabell County, West Virginia to estimate the number of people in the community who inject drugs in order to determine what services needed to be provided. The website includes a toolkit to help stakeholders apply the methodology and findings in their communities and