Opioids

Resources to support the work by the substance use and addictions workforce with those affected by opioid use.

FOR HELP: 1-800-327-5050

For the latest information on where to get naxolone or for a treatment referral contact the Massachusetts Substance Abuse and Education Helpline by calling 1-800-327-5050 (tty: 1-800-439-2370) Monday-Friday 8am-10pm and weekends 9am-5pm.

This guide is designed to help individuals, their families and friends, understand what to expect from Opioid Treatment. It is available to look at online, or to order in print format.

(PDF) Focuses on ways to incorporate opioid overdose prevention strategies into safe, effective and transparent substance abuse treatment.

Access to Naloxone for opioid overdose death prevention is becoming more widely available. This page provides information and links to naloxone resources and other forms of overdose prevention.

Are you finding it difficult to stop using? If you've thought about cutting down or stopping, this site can help. If you are using narcotics, prescription pain medications, heroin, or any other opioid drug, this site has information about some of your treatment options and ways to locate a provider who can help.

There are a number of ways this tool can be used in practice to assist providers and patients to exchange information, engage in person-centered treatment planning, and support informed decision-making about personal treatment and recovery.

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(PDF) Describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the MDPH opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event.

Potential overdose responders are other opioid users, parents, relatives, and friends of opioid users; first responders such as police and fire departments; and staff of agencies that serve high-risk individuals. The... Read More

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(PDF) Opioid overdose prevention and related trauma: incorporating overdose prevention, response, and experience into substance use disorder treatment.

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Implementing local policy, practice, systems, and environmental change to prevent and reduce opioid abuse and overdoses.

(PDF) The Opioid Overdose Reversal and Prevention Information Sheet. Explains where and how to get naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.

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Introducing Boston Medical Center’s NEW Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) website! At bmcobat.org, visitors can learn about the OBAT Nurse Care Manager Model developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), access free resources, and find out about the training and technical assistance offered by OBAT TTA to health care and social services providers looking to enhance their capacity to work... Read More

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)  is the use of medications, in combination with behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Individuals receiving MAT often demonstrate dramatic improvement in addiction-related behaviors and psychosocial functioning.

Governor Baker’s Opioid Addiction Working Group. Includes recommendations, action plan, and much more.

Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016, an act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention (“the STEP Act”) established Voluntary Non-Opioid Directives. The form allows people to decline in advance any treatment option that includes opioids. Anyone can sign one of these Directives for themselves, and give it to their medical care providers. In addition, prior to discharge, Substance Use Disorder treatment... Read More