Tools and Toolkits

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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. 

This toolkit was created by Project Lazarus to improve the community response to the opioid crisis. The toolkit components provide guidance for communities to start their own coalition to fight the epidemic surrounding prescription drug misuse, abuse, diversion, and overdose.

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.

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. 

This is a toolkit from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health that provides access to trainings, webinars, informational materials, a report, and other resources to help rural communities prevent overdoses and overdose deaths. 

A toolkit from Rural Health Information Hub to help organizations implement, evaluate, and sustain prevention and treatment solutions to address substance use disorders. This resource also highlights existing promising programs and models to replicate. 

This is a toolkit from the Rutgers School of Pharmacy that provides educational information on prevention strategies for opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdoses, specifically targeted towards pharmacist and prescribers. There are also supplementary materials that can be used for interventions by a wide array of stakeholders. 

This toolkit from the SAFE Project provides a step-by-step process of how to organize, evaluate, and create change in your community to impact the opioid crisis. It provides guidance on finding the right team of community constituents, identifying priorities, and putting a plan into action using
examples from other communities around the country.

toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on opioid overdose prevention. Provides information on opioid use disorder facts, five essential steps for first responders, information for prescribers, safety advice for patients & family members, and recovering from opioid overdose.

This community-based tool consists of a two-day workshop that brings together stakeholders in the criminal justice, behavioral health, and recovery support systems to identify strengths, gaps, and priorities in their communities, and can strengthen the community response to the opioid crisis. 

Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) identifies the vital places in the system where best practices should be implemented, thereby increasing a person’s chances of recovery and decreasing recidivism. 

This is a coronavirus toolkit from Shatterproof for addiction treatment providers. There are links to finding specific information on telehealth/telemedicine, state policies on opioid treatment providers (OTPs) operation during the pandemic, and insurance guidance. 

This is a toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub that compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing programs to address social determinants of health in rural communities across the United States. The toolkit is broken up into seven modules. 

This is a toolkit from the American Hospital Association (AHA) that provides a report and related resources on eight different domains of social determinants of health: Food, housing, transportation, health behaviors, violence, education, social support, and employment. 

This is a toolkit by the American Hospital Association (AHA) that provides resources to hospitals and health systems to share with clinicians and patients to enhance partnerships within their communities. It also highlights several innovative programs with links to them.  

A webpage by the Harm Reduction Coalition with documents, curriculum trainings, and other resources for building alliances with law enforcement to support syringe exchanges.  

This practical toolkit was created for faith-based and community leaders to help jump-start an action plan in a community or advance existing efforts to meet the needs of individuals and families struggling with opioid addiction. This toolkit, developed from the insight of faith and community partners, describes practical ways a community can consider bringing hope and healing to those in need.  

This is a toolkit from National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center that provides a wide range of information on the opioid crisis, what tribal communities are doing to address the issue, and access to documents that other communities can use to implement a response. 


This is a website from the University of California, San Francisco that provides tools and resources on the impact of unconscious bias and how to address it. It includes access to the Implicit Association Test, educational resources, and a review of the evidence for this type of training. This training could be especially relevant in the healthcare system. 

This website links to the necessary material for a half-day training on reducing drug-related stigma. Developed by the Harm Reduction Coalition, this training is relevant for community-based direct service staff, caseworkers, therapists, peer advocates, program administrators, medical providers, and all who are interested in understanding and addressing drug-related stigma.

There is a guide, a workbook, a presentation, and video clips as part of the training.