Preventing opioid overdose is a priority for DPH, and addressing opioid overdose prevention in treatment can reduce risk and increase safety. This Practice Guidance provides information and resources for organizational readiness and staff training as well as for ensuring that overdose prevention, recognition and response are included in all stages of treatment.
Staff training on overdose prevention
All BSAS-funded treatment providers are eligible for free staff training, technical assistance and a limited supply of naloxone for on-site emergency response from Praxis, a program of the Center for Social Innovation.
You can request training and download a range of resources from the Praxis Opioid Overdose Prevention webpage: Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Resources.
Grief and trauma support
BSAS-funded treatment program staff are on the front lines of the overdose crisis. Many program staff have experienced loss, grief, and trauma related to working with individuals and families with substance use disorders. BSAS has resources available to support providers affected by secondary trauma and loss.
The “Coping with an Overdose Fatality: Tools for Public Health Workers” resource outlines initial steps to take in the aftermath of an overdose death to best support program staff and clients.
BSAS offers on-site crisis response services through the Institute of Health and Recovery to BSAS-funded treatment programs. IHR’s trauma specialists are available to provide on-site support for staff and/or clients of BSAS programs that have experienced a traumatic event. Call 617-661-3991 and say you are calling for crisis response.
For client access to naloxone
BSAS-funded treatment programs can also partner with a local DPH Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) Program for training in overdose prevention and naloxone distribution for clients. These programs offer an integrated drug user health service including infectious disease prevention and testing as well as overdose prevention education and training.