Opioid Overdose Prevention Activities
Revere CARES’ substance abuse prevention efforts engage the community in a variety of ways. These strategies can be categorized into four areas of activities: policy development and enforcement, educational opportunities, community collaboration, and access to services. Examples of these strategies include (but are not limited to) the following:
Policy: Advocate for Good Samaritan Bill and Narcan First Responder Pilot. The Revere CARES Opiates Task Force has actively advocated for initiatives that decrease the chances of fatal opioid overdoses in the community, including the Good Samaritan Bill. Additionally, Revere CARES supported the First Responder Narcan pilot program at the Revere Fire Department, which reversed 12 opioid overdoses in its first year of existence, giving individuals struggling with addiction an opportunity to obtain treatment.
Education: Implement opioid overdose prevention trainings and outreach to active users and ‘bystanders’ (i.e., family/friends of active users). Through the MassCALL 2 Grant, Revere CARES has supported the City of Revere in providing trainings that inform community members about the risks associated with opioid use, how to decrease the risks of overdose, how to recognize the signs of an overdose, and how to respond in the event of an overdose.
Visit the Revere Overdose Prevention Site to learn about sources of education and information for individuals struggling with addiction to opioids, and for family members and friends who want to learn more about how they can save a life.
Collaboration: Support the city of Revere in establishing the Revere Beach Memorial and a medication disposal program. Revere CARES has worked with various City departments and agencies to establish important programs in Revere. In conjunction with the City and the Revere Beach Partnership, Revere CARES sponsors the annual Revere Beach Memorial each September, which remembers those who have died from drug or alcohol use. Additionally, with the approval of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the support of Revere CARES and the Revere Health Department, a drop-box has been installed at the Revere Police Department so that community members can anonymously dispose of their medications in order to prevent youth from accessing dangerous substances and to protect the environment from improper disposal.
Services: Develop a Drop-In Center in the community Under the advisement of the Revere CARES Opiates Task Force, the City of Revere has established a program at North Suffolk Mental Health that engages active users and their bystanders. Community members—regardless of insurance status—are invited to ‘drop-in’ during operating hours to access resources and learn more about possible treatment options.