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Linkage to Care to Prevent Overdose: Strategies from the Field
Overdose death in the United States has increased at an alarming rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with an increase of nearly 30% in 2020 compared to 2019. Despite rising rates of overdose, substance use-related harms are preventable. Evidence-based practices exist across a continuum of care for people at risk of overdose; however, people at risk of overdose often face significant challenges accessing treatment and navigating systems of care. Local and state health departments are uniquely well-suited to link people at risk of overdose to services and care to prevent overdose and support long-term recovery.

To support linkage to care efforts for people at risk of overdose, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed Overdose Response and Linkage to Care: A Roadmap for Health Departments, a technical assistance tool informed by real-world experience. Attendees of this webinar will hear directly from health department staff implementing a variety of these linkage to care strategies to prevent overdose. These strategies can be adapted and replicated to meet the needs of communities across the country.

Learning Objectives
Following the webinar, attendees will be able to:
• Describe the ways in which local and state health departments can support linkage to care efforts to reduce risk of overdose.
• Identify opportunities to support and partner with community-based organizations and local agencies in their communities to better address overdose risk.
• Apply lessons learned from health department staff to better support people who use drugs.

For questions, please email KC Wu at KCW@thenationalcouncil.org.

Nov 16, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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