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

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.


LOCAL RESOURCES

  • County Healthy Rankings & Roadmaps (University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute)
    • Webpage for health ratings by county on indicators, including drug overdose deaths and other substance use indicators.
  • Medicare Part D Opioid Prescriber Summary File (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
    • Prescriber-level data set demonstrating number and percentage of prescription claims for opioid prescriptions.
  • Opioid Overdose Outbreak - West Virginia, August 2016 (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
    • Article describing how a spike in opioid overdoses was tracked to provide evidence of a new synthetic opioid, including process explanations and a demonstration of local surveillance techniques.
  • RxStat: Technical Assistance Manual (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
    • Manual to support local jurisdictions in establishing an RxStat initiative, which is a public health and public safety collaboration for advancing a shared understanding of patterns and characteristics of problem drug use.


STATE RESOURCES


NATIONAL RESOURCES

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.


LOCAL RESOURCES


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.


LOCAL RESOURCES


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.


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.


LOCAL RESOURCES


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).

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.


LOCAL RESOURCES


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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