The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health has developed a Post-Overdose Response (PORT) Tooklit as a resource for communities who are interested in creating a post-overdose response team in their jurisdiction.
A post-overdose response team is an overdose follow-up program that allows agencies to visit a person who has recently overdosed (e.g. within 24-72 hours). The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) explains that “a follow-up visit conducted within days of a naloxone reversal provides multiple opportunities such as an:
- Opportunity to direct people to harm reduction services for active drug users and treatment services for drug users looking to reduce or stop their substance use;
- Opportunity to provide naloxone, overdose prevention training and overdose prevention materials; and
- Opportunity for stakeholders in the opioid response to work together to reduce overdose mortality.”
Download the Toolkit: https://www.injuryfreenc.ncdhhs.gov/preventionResources/docs/PostOverdoseFINAL.pdf