State Opioid Response Grants Report

In 2019, opioid use disorder (OUD) decreased significantly to 1.6 million from 2.0 million in 2018, suggesting that efforts to increase access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), psychosocial and community recovery supports have made a significant impact.1The purpose of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grants is to address the opioid crisis by in-creasing access to MAT; reducing unmet treatment need; and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths. This purpose is accomplished by supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for OUD. SOR supplements current state and territory opioid-related activities and supports a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, SAMHSA distributed approximately$1.4 billion in SOR funding.

Harm Reduction, By Mail: the Next Step in Promoting the Health of People Who Use Drugs

Providing harm reduction supplies, including sterile injection equipment and naloxone for overdose reversal, reduces morbidity and mortality for people who use drugs. Yet, despite the strong public health imperative, scaling these services to people in need has been slow and inadequate. Syringe service programs (SSPs) that distribute these supplies are unavailable in many areas of high need in the USA. Online access and mail-delivery may be a modern solution to problems that have limited the impact of harm reduction for decades.

Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders

This handbook provides guidance on using the web-based, multimedia tool Decisions in Recovery: Medications for Opioid Addiction. This handbook and the web-based tool offers information about medication-assisted treatment. Both resources help people living with opioid use disorder compare treatment options and discuss their preferences with a provider.

The Fletcher Group

Provides Technical Assistance to rural communities whose efforts to help those with opioid and other substance use disorders can benefit significantly from safe, sustainable Recovery Housing and other Best Practice services.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.

Methamphetamine & Opioid Response Initiative

This report summarizes pre-existing relevant data, as well as new findings gathered from the Billings Police Department, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Substance Abuse Connect focus groups and interviews, and the VISTA Individual Survey.