Opioid overdoses claim the lives of six people a day in Massachusetts. Proactively addressing the epidemic via resilience initiatives is a step towards curtailing abuse and deaths. We plan to expand and scale evidence-based efforts to deploy a strategy against opioids, substance abuse, and rising overdose rates. The goal is to prioritize prevention, reduce risk factors, and promote resilient approaches for impacted groups. Study investigators’ strong connections with public-health practitioners and community engagement centers enable the proposed community-based prevention and intervention approaches.
This team has developed a story map offering a spatial perspective on the naloxone component of the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. "Opioid-related overdoses and overdose death data illustrate how Massachusetts is dramatically impacted by the opioid epidemic, and how it is extending across the state. Data-driven observations subsequently emphasize the disparities in access to naloxone across Massachusetts. Presently, there are nine experiencing multiple overdose deaths per year without pharmacies providing naloxone that could benefit from implementing a Standing Order policy."
To view the story map, click the image above or CLICK HERE.