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

Farm Town Strong

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. Continue reading

Naloxone Training Video

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. Continue reading

What is Naloxone?

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. Continue reading

Reverse Overdose Oregon

Reverse Overdose Oregon’s website provides information for patients, caregivers and citizens on obtaining and learning how to use naloxone to reverse opioid overdose. It also includes employee training materials, a media guide and includes Spanish language resources. Continue reading

Stop Overdose

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. Continue reading


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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. Continue reading

Be Prepared: Develop an Overdose Response Plan

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. Continue reading

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: Continue reading