Project

Missouri Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (MO-HOPE)

Missouri Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (MO-HOPE)

Principal Investigator: Winograd, Rachel
Funder: SAMHSA

MIMH, partnered with National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (NCADA), under the leadership of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, is implementing and evaluating a SAMHSA-funded 5-year, $5 million grant to reduce opioid overdose events in the Eastern Region of the state. This will be done through expanded overdose education and prevention programming for emergency response agencies, health care providers, substance use treatment programs, social service organizations, and members of the community. A large focus of the project will include distribution and training on the administration of naloxone – an opioid antagonist medication that reverses the effects of an overdose in minutes. To assess the effectiveness of MO-HOPE, the evaluation team will track changes in variables including but not limited to trainee knowledge and comfort related to overdose education and naloxone administration, as well as opioid-related hospital visits, treatment referrals, overdose reversals, and deaths. The MO-HOPE project represents the first state-level, coordinated, centralized approach to opioid overdose prevention in Missouri.

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