Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program

The website for the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) provides real-time data on suspected fatal and non-fatal overdose events to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize response to sudden increases or spikes in these events. Continue reading

A Guidebook to Reimagining America’s Crisis Response System: A Decision-Making Framework for Responding to Vulnerable Populations

This guidebook is targeted to policymakers and emergency response agencies who are considering implementing or expanding crisis response programs in their communities. Crisis response programs are an option for diverting individuals experiencing a crisis from substance use, mental health, or homelessness from the criminal justice system to services. Continue reading

4 Tips to Successfully Open a Crisis Stabilization Unit

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. Continue reading

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