Because of the increase in opioid overdoses in our communities, many of the towns and cities within Greater Lowell have a procedure in place to follow-up with survivors of opioid overdose. Post-opioid overdose outreach models vary slightly from community to community, and often include a member of the local police, fire, and/or health department(s) visiting a client at their place of residence. Often times, mental health and/or substance abuse clinicians are involved in post-overdose follow-up as a member of one of these departments.
Post-opioid overdose outreach is used to connect survivors with treatment and recovery resources, as well as medical, housing, employment, and family resources. Post-opioid overdose outreach focuses on harm reduction, or reducing risk by meeting a survivor “where they are at.” This might look like referring a survivor to a detox or outpatient treatment program or connecting a survivor’s loved ones to family support services. Some programs continue to follow-up with survivors even after an initial contact to provide continuous support.
To learn more about what the various post-opioid overdose outreach programs look like in your community, check out the following pages: