Tools and Toolkits

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This is a toolkit from the Opioid Response Network that is designed to assist faith-based leaders in responding to the opioid crisis. It provides current information, resources, and action steps to support faith-based leaders in meeting the needs of their members and communities related to the opioid crisis and opioid use disorder. 

This interactive employer toolkit, developed by the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC), provides recommendations and tools for employers to support their employees and their dependents in prevention, treatment, and recovery from opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD).


This is a toolkit from the National Safety Council to help employers to address the opioid crisis in the workplace. It includes sample policies, fact sheets, presentations, 5-minute safety talks, posters, white papers, reports, videos, and other resources. 

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) is a tool that communities can use to implement a real-time overdose surveillance system that supports public safety and public health efforts to mobilize immediate responses to overdose spikes. More information can be found in this presentation on ODMAP

This website has an interactive map that looks at deaths from alcohol, suicides, and drugs for each state. A downloadable report offers an extensive national resilience strategy. 

This is an interactive training from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. It is intended for healthcare professionals, public health professionals, and students in health-related fields. 

This toolkit outlines different payment strategies implemented by the states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, and Oregon which aimed to improve the delivery of SUD care for Medicaid beneficiaries. This data has been collected from state interviews and documentation of the payments made to providers and managed care plans. 

This is an interactive toolkit from the city of Philadelphia that supports behavioral health agencies in the process of integrating peer providers into their services settings. Tools in this kit will help agencies to recruit, retain, and effectively deploy people in recovery in a variety of new peer support roles.

This toolkit from the Harm Reduction Coalition provides examples of policies and practices from current peer-delivered syringe exchange (PDSE) programs. It gives an overview of points to consider in starting a PDSE program and is intended to generate new ideas for revising and improving existing PDSE programs.

This is a toolkit designed to hep tribal justice system practitioners create or enhance reentry programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives returning from jail or prison. It also offers guidance for practitioners who are currently working in a reentry program. 

This is a toolkit developed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services which gives communities strategies on how to establish a post overdose response team. This includes providing harm reduction strategies, naloxone, overdose prevention training, and overall ways to reduce overdose mortality. The toolkit provides four specific phases which explain how to design and implement the program and also make improvements. 

This toolkit offers guidance for primary care providers on how to integrate buprenorphine prescribing into their practices. The toolkit provides tips and practical steps for planning and implementing this treatment, as well as the general responsibilities and activities of prescribers for patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder. 

This is a toolkit from the Harm Reduction Coalition that is tailored to pregnant and parenting individuals, their families, and their service providers and has been written by people with lived experience. The overall goal is to improve the health and well-being of pregnant people who use substances and their families by providing information and resources with a harm reduction frame. 

This toolkit from the National Safety Council discusses how community leaders can partner with their local healthcare community to inform prescribers on opioid prescribing. Information is provided about outreach activities to educate medical providers about safer opioid prescribing and alternatives to opioid pain medications.

This toolkit from the National Safety Council discusses the three types of prescription drug disposal programs (permanent collection sites, take-back events and mail-back programs) and provides guidance on the most appropriate option for a community to implement to reduce nonmedical opioid misuse. 

A toolkit which provides guidance on coordination of opioid response services for public health officials, law enforcement, criminal justice officials, and first responders. This resource was developed to aid these separate local jurisdictions in reducing opioid overdose deaths by increasing collaboration and coordination among all sectors. The three goals of this toolkit are to create a shared understanding, optimize capacity, and increase shared accountability for these different branches. 

This toolkit by Faces and Voices of Recovery describes the role of recovery community organizations (RCOs) in the community response to substance use disorders.  It discusses already-implemented RCOs and contains steps to facilitate implementation of a new RCO.

The Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit is prepared by the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence and aims to educate employers on substance use disorder and its impact on the workplace in order to encourage them to adopt practices aimed at providing recovery resources in the workplace. Practical tools and information are provided. 

toolkit from SAMHSA that guides communities in holding events for Recovery Month, which is held in September each year. Engaging stakeholders such as healthcare professionals, first responders, and youth and emerging leaders is discussed. 

This is a toolkit from the ONDCP and USDA that serves as a guide to resources that can help make a difference in rural communities in addressing the opioid crisis and substance use in general. It features a comprehensive funding clearinghouse, interactive tools to assess the opioid problem at the county level, a treatment and services locator, a links to technical assistance and trainings.