Children Impacted by Addiction: A Toolkit for Educators


This toolkit can help guide counselors, teachers, psychologists, and social workers through the challenges of helping children impacted by addiction.

The Addiction Policy Forum, the Addiction Policy Leadership Action Network, and the National Association for Children of Addiction offer this toolkit as a resource to help guide counselors, teachers, psychologists, and social workers through the challenges of helping children impacted by addiction.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose: What's Working in the United States


This document assists in understanding and navigating effective strategies to prevent opioid overdose in communities.

This resource is provided to assist community leaders, local and regional organizers, non-profit groups, law enforcement, public health, and members of the public in understanding and navigating effective strategies to prevent opioid overdose in their communities.

Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field


Lessons learned from the innovative use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and essential MAT program components are covered.

This resource, developed to support jail administrators in providing effective treatment for opioid misuse and helping to halt the opioid epidemic in the United States, introduces what has been learned from sheriffs’ and jail administrators’ innovative use of medication-assisted treatment, a cornerstone of best practice for recovery from substance misuse; describes the essential components of these programs; and discusses the latest research on how the programs are best implemented, as well as the medications approved for opioid use disorders.

Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality: Naloxone Access and Overdose Good Samaritan Laws


This report provides an overview of Good Samaritan laws and the characteristics of state Naloxone access laws.

Prescription opioids such as oxycontin and hydrocodone now account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Opioid overdose is typically reversible through the timely administration of the drug naloxone. This resource explains how naloxone access and Good Samaritan laws can help reduce overdose mortality.

Local Health Department Approaches to Opioid Use Prevention and Response: An Environmental Scan


Data regarding local opioid overdose prevention and response activities undertaken by local health departments is presented.

This report contains data from an environmental scan survey that the National Association of County and City Health Officials distributed in January 2019 to 388 local health departments (LHD) identified from the 2018 Forces of Change survey as respondents who reported conducting activities to address "opioid use and abuse" in 2017. The goal of the scan was to create a foundational understanding of LHD opioid overdose prevention and response efforts to inform priorities at the local, state, and national levels.This sample is not intended to be nationally representative.

Oneida County Opioid Task Force—A Brief: Putting Data to Action


This brief presents an overview of the data-driven work of the Oneida County (New York) Opioid Task Force and provides guidance for communities seeking to replicate some of the activities.

Information in the brief includes topics such as the Oneida County Opioid Task Force's Overdose Response Team, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) and other real-time data collection and surveillance activities, data and information sharing tools, and the ways in which the Oneida County Opioid Task Force puts the data into action.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit


This toolkit offers strategies for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration toolkit includes opioid use disorder facts, five essential steps for first responders, information for prescribers, safety advice for patients and family members, and information on recovering from an opioid overdose.

Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers ways to identify opportunities for action re: emergency department visits for opioid overdoses.

This Centers for Disease Control Web page provides an overview of the rise of overdoses, emergency department visits, a summary of what stakeholders can do to address it, and related resources.

Saving a Life Twice—The Naloxone Plus Solution to Reducing Overdoses and Connecting to Treatment


Learn how Naloxone Plus can help revive someone who has overdosed and how to connect that person to treatment.

The Naloxone Plus framework can help  “save a life twice”—first, by reviving someone who has overdosed and second, by connecting him or her to treatment ... and the hope of preventing another overdose.

Strategies for Reaching Overdose Survivors, Including Peer Support


Nontraditional responses to overdoses are discussed, with a focus on the use of Peer Support Specialists.

This webinar will introduce nontraditional responses to overdoses with a focus on the use of Peer Support Specialists—individuals with lived experience who are themselves in recovery. Peer Support Specialists engage with survivors soon after their overdoses and remain an important resource to the individuals in navigating life in their communities, including facilitating access to treatment and other services.

Stress Management: Addressing First Responders' Emotional Health


The causes of first responder burnout, with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic, are discussed.

This webinar examines the causes of first responder burnout, with consideration given to stresses arising from response to the opioid epidemic.  Discussion topics include methods to identify burnout in first responders or their partners, the impact of responding to a public health problem that is chronic in nature, and stress that arises from responding to calls involving critical incidents/accidents.  The session concludes with recommendations to help first responders recognize and manage stress more effectively.

Ten Standards of Care: Policing and the Opioid Crisis


Taken together, the ten steps presented in this report would have a major impact on the opioid crisis in impacted communities.

This report contains recommendations from public safety and public health experts for standards of care that police departments can take themselves, as well as expectations for their partners.

The 2018 Overdose Response Strategy Cornerstone Project


The Overdose Response Strategy is a public health-public safety collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 11 HIDTAs.
This report examines five types of public safety-led linkage to care programs (pre-arrest diversion, post-overdose outreach, drug courts, post-release aftercare, and safe station) that can be used as a guide to inform program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

The Opioid Crisis and Its Growing Impact on First Responder Health and Wellness


This part 1 overview will cover how everyday stress and trauma are impacting first responders' resilience, wellness, and ability to function.

This webinar also explores what can be done to help mitigate the impact and negative effects of these experiences through education, resources, and support. The webinar's presenter provides an overview of the course "Vicarious Trauma for First Responders," which gives an in-depth look at trauma and its impact on firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel or paramedics, disaster response workers, and law enforcement officers. The link to the course is included for webinar participants. Participants learn how first responders are affected by the trauma they witness or experience through their work and how the opioid epidemic exacerbates the problem; and some of the steps that state and local systems—as well as agencies and organizations—can take to help mitigate the impact of this trauma on individuals, organizations, and communities. 

A PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar is also available.

The Public Health System and the Ten Essential Public Health Services


This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage provides an overview of the public health system, essential services, and links to resources.
Public health systems are commonly defined as “all public, private, and voluntary entities that contribute to the delivery of essential public health services within a jurisdiction.” The ten essential public health services are the public health activities that all communities should undertake, per the Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee.

The Sequential Intercept Model


This document highlights the key issues at each criminal justice system intercept for individuals with behavioral health disorders.

The Sequential Intercept Model was developed as a conceptual model to inform community-based responses to the involvement of people with mental and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. Since its development, the use of the SIM as a strategic planning tool has grown tremendously.

The Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic


This report highlights actions that police chiefs and sheriffs can take, based on recommendations from a conference and member survey done in 2017.
The opioid epidemic is the most significant issue facing police chiefs and sheriffs in many parts of the United States. Police agencies and sheriff’s departments, working with public health agencies and others, described dozens of programs they have undertaken to reduce opioid deaths. This report is intended to help law enforcement agencies plan their responses—particularly in locations where the opioid crisis is just beginning to manifest itself.

Training for First Responder Diversion Programs


First responder training on diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder is discussed.

First responder diversion programs for individuals with an opioid use disorder are rapidly increasing around the country.  These innovative programs play a critical role in linking individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose to community-based treatment services.  While similar in nature to crisis intervention services offered by first responders, these diversion programs are placing responsibilities on staff that may require new knowledge, skills, and abilities. This webinar discusses the need for first responder training specific to diversion programs for individuals with an opioid and substance use disorder.  The webinar provides potential topics that could be included in diversion training and methods for providing it.  Panelists from the Tucson, Arizona, Police Department and Plymouth County, Massachusetts, will discuss the training they have in place for their first responder diversion programs.  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.


U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

Online Resource

This advisory provides information on naloxone for patients, prescribers, pharmacists, treatment providers, and the public.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., released this public health advisory to urge more Americans to carry a potentially lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The medication, naloxone, is already carried by many first responders, such as emergency medical technicians and police officers.