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Comprehensive PA Web Resource to Fight Overdose Epidemic Has New Features and Partners—including HAP and More than 30 Counties

June 06, 2017

University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA.org is a one-stop-shop for information and resources to help counties and others reduce overdose deaths. The website has been relaunched with a new, more user-friendly design, new features, and new partnerships.

The website now:

  • Has a ‘Messages of Hope’ section to reassure people who are struggling with, or who know someone struggling with, substance use disorders
  • Showcases partnerships with The Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and others

The new design provides easy access to the site’s nationally recognized overdose death database and credible reports and guidance to help counties and others:

  • Analyze overdose information for one more counties, including demographic information, incidents by ZIP code, drugs found in deaths, and trends over time
  • Use evidence-based frameworks in education, intervention, and treatment strategies  

The website also allows health professionals and the public to locate:

  • Pharmacies and other sources for naloxone, based on zip code
  • Treatment options and drug take back boxes

OverdoseFreePA.org is operated by the Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center and is a collaboration between the center, Pennsylvania communities, and partners. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency provides funding.

To date, the center is in ongoing collaboration with more than 30 counties across Pennsylvania.

The center is based out of the Program Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy.

HAP supports multi-faceted approaches to reduce overdose deaths and combat Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic. To that end, HAP has convened meetings across the state to identify challenges and share effective strategies.

This new HAP blog highlights five examples of how hospitals and health systems are putting in place warm handoffs to connect overdose survivors in emergency rooms with treatment options.

For more information about these efforts, please contact Michael J. Consuelos, MD, HAP’s senior vice president, clinical integration.
 

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