Community Opioid Prevention Education (COPE) Trailer

This 3 minute video describe the Community Opioid Prevention and Education (COPE) trailer deployed by the Montgomery County, Maryland police department. The COPE trailer uses a model bedroom and bathroom to educate citizens about the signs of opioid abuse they might see in their friends and loved ones and provides information about accessing treatment and using naloxone to reverse opioid overdose. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

Addiction’s Impact on Children and Families: Policy Guides

The opioid and addiction crises have greatly impacted family stability, leading to large increases in child welfare cases and the rate of grandparents or other relatives raising children. In this collection, we feature reports that describe the impact of addiction on families and provide strategies for improving services provided to children and their caregivers. Continue reading

10 Steps Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Sites can Take During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

This resource serves as a guide to operating pre-arrest diversion programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide provides 10 steps pre-arrest diversion programs can adopt during the pandemic to keep team members and clients healthy and maintain access to needed services, and 10 steps to take after the national emergency has ended to maintain or expand pre-arrest diversion programs. Continue reading

Ohio Addiction Policy Detailed Scorecard

This detailed policy scorecard accompanies the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s report evaluating the state of Ohio’s efforts to adopt evidence-based practices to address addiction in the law enforcement and criminal justice systems. Continue reading