Opioid Abuse

COAP Webinar: Behind and Beyond the Walls: Peer Supports in Jail Settings

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Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. Peer specialists use their lived experience of addiction, criminal justice involvement, and recovery to assist others on their path to recovery. PRSS in jail settings offers a unique opportunity to address the needs of individuals with opioid use disorder while they are incarcerated and upon reentry.

Webinar - Contemporary Police Responses to Addiction: Lessons from NIJ’s LEADS Program

The police departments in Dayton, Ohio and Madison, Wisconsin have both adopted nontraditional responses to the opioid crisis and other drug addictions, including outreach to overdose victims, joint-working with treatment and service providers, and pre-arrest diversion. Dayton, in particular, was nationally known as the epicenter of the opiate epidemic, with police personnel administering 162 doses of naloxone to 82 overdose victims in one month in 2017.

The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) recently released the fact sheet “Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions,” which contains 10 recommendations to help people with opioid addictions obtain pre- and post-release treatment, as well as informed supervision, during the reentry process.

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) team for the webinar “First Responder Burnout Prevention” on Thursday, October 11 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. During this webinar, participants will gain insight into factors that attribute to first responder burnout, with special consideration given to stresses coming from responses to the opioid epidemic.

Unlock the Power of Peers: Strategies for Response, Rehabilitation, Reentry, and Recovery Support

Peer recovery support services (PRSS) are increasingly being offered across diverse criminal justice settings to address opioid abuse and achieve positive outcomes. The power and potential of PRSS come from the unique roles that peers play, promoting both hope and pragmatic steps for change. This session will:

Webinar - Strategies for Reaching Overdose Survivors, Including Peer Support

Communities across the country are employing innovative approaches to counter the rising number of overdose deaths. This webinar will introduce nontraditional responses to overdoses with a focus on the use of peer support specialists – individuals with lived experience who are themselves in recovery. Peer support specialists engage with survivors soon after their overdoses and remain an important resource to the individuals in navigating life in their communities, including facilitating access to treatment and other services.

This month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the formation of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S), a new program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic drugs in high-impact areas, as well as identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.

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