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.
Tools and Toolkits
This is a primer and toolkit from RTI International which helps to develop, implement, and evaluate an overdose education and naloxone distribution program in a jail setting. Stakeholder collaboration and logistics are discussed in detail, and previously implemented program models and existing protocols are highlighted.
A 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.
A 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.
This guide provides practical approaches to prevent addiction-related stigma. These range from simple efforts, such as writing letters to the editor, to more complex efforts, such as implementing community-based stigma prevention campaigns.
A toolkit that guides population size estimation of people who inject drugs (PWID), with specific emphasis on applying this method in rural communities. This toolkit details the capture-recapture strategy for population size estimation of PWID and discusses how to interpret and operationalize this data.
This is a toolkit from the Arizona Department of Health Services that educates prescribers and redefines pain and addiction as interlinked, complex, public health processes, requiring interprofessional care and involvement of the community and health-based systems. Multiple stakeholder perspectives were included in creating this curriculum and it appears in the peer-reviewed literature here and here.
This is a toolkit from Wells Insurance to help employers understand and deal with the opioid crisis, create a healthier and more productive workforce, and reduce costs. An appendix includes educational materials, communications with employees, sample policies, and form templates.
This is a toolkit that addresses stigma among moms and babies so that they can get the support that they need. Women with substance use disorders, along with other stigmatizing conditions (e.g. HIV, mental health diagnoses) are the targeted population. The toolkit describes what stigma is and provides many testimonies on how it manifests in society.
A two-page resource from the CDC on calculating total daily dose of opioids for safer dosage.
A two-page resource from the CMS with opioid oral morphine milligram equivalent (MME) conversion factors for a wide range of prescription opioids.
This toolkit from Faces and Voices of Recovery guides a community in holding a listening forum to better understand how to help people struggling with substance use issues and in recovery. The forums can help identify information about negative attitudes and discriminatory policy barriers facing people seeking or in addiction recovery, other barriers to long-term recovery, and recovery-supportive policies and programs
This is a toolkit from SAMHSA that provides guidance to employers related to counseling, referrals, and follow-up services, such as alternatives to prescription drugs, workplace drug misuse and relapse prevention, dangers of combined drug use, screenings, and evaluations before returning to work.
This is a toolkit from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for employers. There is an online course, divided into five modules, that gives an overview of the legal and operational issues an employer must consider in dealing with an employee’s use of opioids and other substances, as well as additional resources.
An ONDCP/USDA document that provides a comprehensive and expansive list of resources organized by 26 different categories and also lists various funding opportunities to address the opioid crisis across the continuum of care.
This free six-week online class offered through the University of Michigan aims to empower non-prescribing providers to impact the U.S. opioid crisis through increased knowledge and tools that will transform practice and policies.
This is a website that provides free online training for providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) to obtain waivers to prescribe buprenorphine.
This website has toolkits to help communities write grant proposals. Though this is targeted to rural communities, this can be a resource for any community looking to secure funding to address the opioid crisis.
This is an interactive toolkit from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists that provides guidelines and strategies on the consequences of injection drug use, harm reduction services, stigma, and professional and policy support. There are many links to resources, references, and data sources.
A report by AHRQ on how to implement medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in rural primary care including education, barriers, payment, policy, and promising models in rural settings (Volume 1).