We wish to acknowledge the participation of the HEALing Communities Study communities, community coalitions, Community Advisory Boards and state government officials who partnered with us on this study.
Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) is effective in reducing opioid overdose deaths. This manual provides a blueprint for sustaining or launching successful OEND outreach programs based on lessons learned from the HEALing Communities Study in Kentucky:
Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) has been demonstrated to significantly reduce opioid use, mortality, property crime, and infectious diseases yet continues to be underutilized. In an effort to link more individuals at high risk for opioid overdose to treatment with MOUD and help those in MOUD treatment remain in treatment, our team developed two novel programs utilizing peer recovery coaches and nurse or social work care navigators to facilitate these processes. The purpose of the manuals below are to share the content and training resources developed by the HCS-KY team to implement the linkage and retention programs.