Opioid Abuse

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.

Webinar: Responding to BJA’s FY 2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Solicitation

In this webinar, BJA leaders will review the FY 2018 COAP grant application process. This site-based grant program provides awards ranging from $100,000 to $1,500,000 for a 24- to 36-month project period to deliver financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and American Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. 

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team recently released its inaugural Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Newsletter. This quarterly resource is designed to support the efforts of COAP grantees, peer recovery coaches and policymakers, public health and public safety officers, and concerned family members in addressing the nation’s opioid crisis.

Join the National Association of Counties for a three-part webinar series to learn about the key areas of local criminal justice systems that most impact counties, as well as strategies for how counties can address those issues to create safer and healthier communities.

View the following sessions on the TTA Catalog to learn more and register:

Webinar - County Roles and Opportunities in Opioid Treatment for Justice-Involved Individuals

Counties are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to advance safety and justice, as they run 91 percent of all jails with nearly 11 million people admitted every year. Join the National Association of Counties for a three-part webinar series that will focus on key areas of local criminal justice systems that most affect counties and offer strategies counties can employ to address these issues, make their justice systems work more effectively and efficiently, and ultimately lead to safer and healthier communities.

In a new report, A Path to Recovery: Treating Opioid Use in West Virginia’s Criminal Justice System, the Vera Institute of Justice examines how expanding access to treatment options can help people in the criminal justice system overcome opioid addiction. Specifically, the report summarizes how West Virginia is using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to address the opioid crisis.

Join the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence for the three-part Opioid Crisis – A Public Health Enemy Webinar Series to learn more about how public and private organizations are working together to address the nationwide opioid crisis.