Prevention Resources

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This is a toolkit from SAMHSA that provides guidance on implementing prevention strategies through the Strategic Prevention Framework, which focuses on assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation to understand and address substance misuse and related complex behavioral health problems facing states and communities.

Response Approach
  • Early Intervention
  • Educational
  • Family Support
Stakeholders
  • Advocates / Peers
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Policymakers

This is a policy brief from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) that gives an overview of the scope of the opioid crisis, discusses treatment options, and gives a summary of federal and state-level initiatives responding to this public health emergency. There is a special emphasis on the role of health education specialists in the opioid crisis.

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Educational
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Overdose prevention
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Harm Reduction Specialists
  • Medical
  • Policymakers

This is a joint report by the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties that is targeted to local leaders as well as state and federal officials, and which provides recommendations for solutions on the entire continuum of care.

Response Approach
  • Comprehensive services
  • Diversion
  • Early Intervention
  • Educational
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Outreach
  • Overdose prevention
  • Syringe service program / Needle exchange
Stakeholders
  • Community Health Officials
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Insurers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Policymakers

Framing the opioid crisis from a public health perspective requires considering the interaction of multiple determinants, including structural factors (eg, poverty and racism), the inadequate management of pain, and poor access to addiction treatment and harm-reduction services (eg, syringe services). 

This novel ecological framework for harmful opioid use provides multiple recommendations to improve public health and clinical practice, including improved data collection to guide resource allocation, steps to increase safer prescribing, stigma-reduction campaigns, increased spending on harm reduction and treatment, criminal justice policy reform, and regulatory changes related to controlled substances.

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Overdose prevention
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Criminal Justice
  • Harm Reduction Specialists
  • Law Enforcement
  • Policymakers
Peer-reviewed Article

This is an academic paper that provides a scoping review of opioid policy interventions that the federal and state governments as well as organizations have used to address the opioid crisis, some of which include prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), pain clinic laws, laws restricting opioid prescribing, health insurance strategies, educational interventions, and naloxone distribution. The evidence for each intervention is assessed.  

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Overdose prevention
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Health Insurers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical
  • Policymakers
Peer-reviewed Article

This is a peer-reviewed article on an observational intervention study of Project Lazarus, which is a community-based response to overdose deaths implemented in 74 of 100 North Carolina counties.

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Early Intervention
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Overdose prevention
Stakeholders
  • Advocates / Peers
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Criminal Justice
  • Harm Reduction Specialists
  • Hospitals
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medical
  • Policymakers
Peer-reviewed Article

This is an academic paper that provides an overview of employer-led interventions aimed at addressing drug use among employees. Overall, 27 studies in the peer-reviewed literature are highlighted, with interventions addressing opioid use and misuse after workplace injuries or accidents the most commonly reported to be effective. 

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Early Intervention
Stakeholders
  • Employers
Peer-reviewed Article

toolkit for provider organizations working to improve opioid safety. The toolkit summarizes best practices and contains links to resources and tools that a provider can adapt in building or testing changes for an organization and its patients.

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Early Intervention
  • Educational
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Overdose prevention
Stakeholders
  • Community Health Officials
  • Health Insurers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical

toolkit from the City of Boston's Office of Recovery Services, directed towards a city-level response to substance misuse, that summarizes multifaceted strategies. It offers a guide for how to talk about substance use, an overview of the treatment system, and types of partnerships and policies that may strengthen a city’s response to this crisis.

Response Approach
  • Diversion
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Overdose prevention
  • Recovery coaching
  • Syringe service program / Needle exchange
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • First Responders
  • Policymakers

This is a report from Trust for America's Health that discusses the increasing impact of drugs, alcohol, and suicide on adolescents. It highlights effective prevention policies and programs and offers recommendations for meaningful action. 

Response Approach
  • Educational
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Policymakers

This is an academic article that gives an overview of the barriers to implementing evidence-based interventions to address the opioid crisis and how the HEALing Communities Study, a multi-year initiative, aims to overcome these barriers through cautious opioid prescribing, expanding medications for opioid use disorder, increasing access to naloxone, and leveraging community collaboration. 

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Overdose prevention
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Harm Reduction Specialists
  • Policymakers
Peer-reviewed Article

This is a brief from the Flex Monitoring Team (authors Gale et al.) that highlights examples of strategies adopted by rural critical access hospitals (CAHs) to combat opioid use in their communities and identifies resources that rural communities can use to support CAHs in their efforts with this challenging public health issue.

Response Approach
  • Cautious Opioid Prescribing
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Recovery coaching
Stakeholders
  • Community Coalitions
  • Community Health Officials
  • Health Insurers
  • Hospitals
  • Policymakers