The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has earmarked over $600,000 for seven Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) states to address the opioid crisis in various communities.
Authorities said the organization, which represents the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments, has ensured the funds disbursed to local health departments in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, and Washington, DC in amounts ranging from $40,000 to $150,000, would support seven ORS state teams to explore new collaborative approaches for combating the opioid crisis through evidence-based, data-driven, opioid-involved overdose prevention interventions designed to address community challenges related to drug overdoses.
“With local health departments on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, NACCHO is working with its members to prevent misuse, reduce overdose deaths, link people to care, and build community resilience,” NACCHO Chief Executive Officer Lori Tremmel Freeman said. “Partnerships with the CDC, and now with the Overdose Response Strategy states and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, will increase existing outreach and create new avenues to direct attention to this crisis in local communities most affected.”
The scope of work involves pilot projects addressing drug overdose prevention strategies engaging both local public health and public safety, implemented in collaboration with the regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.
Project goals include building the evidence base for effective overdose prevention and response interventions, improving response to the opioid overdose epidemic, and leveraging the ORS structure to enhance community-level public health and public safety collaborations.