The Pew Charitable Trusts has been working to reduce the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of drug overdoses in the country. The city recorded 1,150 drug overdose deaths in 2019, 80 percent attributed to opioids, and this figure is expected to be higher for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March, there has been a reduction of in-person care for people suffering from substance use disorders. To help counteract this, the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services awarded Prevention Point Philadelphia, an organization serving residents with complex medical and behavioral health needs, with a $250,000 grant in June.
Funding allows the organization to expand its capacity.
Prevention Point is located in Kensington, the epicenter of the city’s opioid crisis. It provides nearly 15,000 people annually with medication for opioid use disorder and other medical and social services such as meals, housing, and a place to receive mail.
Medications include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
Pew has also been working on expanding access to critical services and reducing overdose deaths.
Nationwide, Pew has been attempting to reduce the misuse of opioids and expand access to effective treatment through local and national policy work.