Opioid Epidemic Toolkit for Local Health Departments

NACCHO is collecting resources to support local opioid overdose prevention and response efforts.

This toolkit classifies resources by the following five topic areas, providing links to relevant webpages and downloads of useful resources:

  • Monitoring and surveillance
  • Prevention
  • Harm reduction and response
  • Linkage to care
  • Stakeholder engagement and community partnerships

For any questions or requests to submit materials that support a local response to the opioid epidemic, please contact us at opioidepidemic@naccho.org

To learn more about what's happening at LHDs across the country, check out our recent report on an environmental scan of LHDs engaged in opioid-related efforts.

Community Health

How-To Guide: Templates for LHD Opioid Prevention & Response

This short how-to guide instructs LHDs on how to use NACCHO's opioid-focused planning templates.

Community Health

How-To Guide: Templates for LHD Opioid Prevention & Response

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Community Health

Environmental Scan: LHD Approaches to Opioid Use

Report on 198 LHDs surveyed by NACCHO on their opioid prevention and response activities.

Community Health

Environmental Scan: LHD Approaches to Opioid Use

Monitoring and surveillance are important components to improve a local health department’s understanding of the impacts of the opioid epidemic at the community level for public health investigation and response.


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    Local health departments can expand and promote education for providers, partners, and the public about opioid use and misuse to reduce stigma and improve access to services for prevention, treatment, and recovery.


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    STATE RESOURCES


    NATIONAL RESOURCES

    Local health departments can act as the frontline response and improve outcomes for people who use opioids or have OUD by providing services and resources to reduce the harms associated with opioid misuse and addiction.


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      STATE RESOURCES

      • Before It's Too Late (Maryland Department of Health)
        • Public-facing website with general information, resources for prevention and treatment, and links to state-level services.
      • Naloxone Overdose Prevention Laws (Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System)
        • Database and map providing state-level information on legislation related to naloxone distribution, training, and utilization.
      • Prevention Overdose RI (Rhode Island Governor's Overdose Prevention & Intervention Task Force)
        • Webpage explaining Rhode Island's comprehensive naloxone program, including resources on prevention, naloxone use, treatment and recovery, and community response.
      • State Approaches to Addressing the Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic (National Governors Association)
        • White papers about the intersection of the opioid epidemic and infectious diseases that highlight key considerations for governors working to address the consequences.


      NATIONAL RESOURCES

      Local health departments are well positioned to facilitate linkages to care for people who experience an overdose or choose to seek treatment for OUD.


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      STATE RESOURCES


      NATIONAL RESOURCES

      • Addiction Resource Center (Addiction Policy Forum)
        • Resource portal for addiction services and assistance for individuals seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.
      • Addiction Resource Hub (Facing Addiction)
        • Public-facing resource webpage with information on addiction support, housing, and insurance, targeted for users living or residing in a major city.
      • Characteristics of Medications for Opioid Addiction Treatment (New England Journal of Medicine)
        • Chart comparing the treatment class, effects, advantages, and disadvantages of three medications for MAT (methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone).
      • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
        • Report examining the evidence for medications for opioid use disorder, including an analysis of the barriers to access.

      Local health departments are neutral conveners of cross-cutting community partners, and they can highlight the benefit of collaboration at the local level to address this multifaceted epidemic.


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      NATIONAL RESOURCES


      NACCHO recognizes Model and Promising Practices each year - learn more about LHDs recognized for opioid response projects.

      The Big Cities Health Coalition focuses on opioid use and misuse within its 30 member cities.

      Have a resource that could be helpful for a local health department to build their response to the opioid epidemic? Let us know opioidepidemic@naccho.org

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      Local Response to the Opioid Epidemic

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      NACCHO Rural Health Section

      Learn more about NACCHO's Rural Health Section and how you can get involved now.

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      Community Health

      Infectious Diseases & the Opioid Epidemic

      Learn about the infectious disease consequences of America's opioid epidemic.

      Community Health

      Infectious Diseases & the Opioid Epidemic