What do we do?
The BMOOPC which consists of two full time staff and many regional partners work with the three communities to complete needs assessments, plan events, develop curriculum, work on awareness campaigns, implement practice, policy and environmental changes, and work on community public health education.
Who do we work with?
Everyone. If you were to look at someone through the course of their life, you can see how the misuse and or abuse of prescription drugs or opioids can affect people through all of life's different impasses. Children get into the medication of their caregivers, pre-teens and teens experiment, people can become addicted, seniors are prescribed the medications disproportionately to any other age group. How does this play out in a community? Many thefts are a result of someone's need for money for drugs, families can be destroyed, doctors donâ€™t trust patients, kids drop out of school, young children end up in child protective services, people looking for services such as drug treatment. Ultimately, substance abuse affects everyone. The Coalition looks at the life cycle and creatively looks at places where change can be made and be effective. Some of these projects look at making small changes and others look at changing formal policies.
The Brockton Mayor's Opioid Overdose Prevention Coalition was from 2008-2013 funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services under the MassCALL2 Grant. It was established to organize concerned community leaders, citizens, families, treatment providers, local government, and law enforcement to make a collective effort to save the lives of those in the community of Brockton who are suffering from opiate addiction. The objective of the coalition at that time was to prevent opiate overdoses, prevent deaths from those who have overdosed, provide support and linkages to those who are using opiates, as well as their loved ones, and to create awareness about opioid overdose prevention. There had been four identified driving forces that have led to opioid overdoses in the city of Brockton, which are: delays in seeking medical attention due to lack of knowledge of overdose management, lack of knowledge of overdose risk factors and overdose prevention, low healthcare provider knowledge and skills, as well as barriers to contacting emergency services. The Coalition is focused on education, trainings, and outreach for active consumers, bystanders, and healthcare providers.
For the duration of the MassCALL2 grant, it became apparent that neighboring communities also needed support addressing this challenging issue and over the course of this grant partnerships were formed on a regional level. In January 2013, an RFR was released by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services under the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) grant for regional partnerships to work together to address not only the issue of fatal and non-fatal overdose, but also to look at opioid abuse in general. The BMOOPC wrote for this new MOAPC grant in collaboration with the neighboring towns of East Bridgewater, Rockland, and Whitman. Brockton was granted funding, making it the only funded cluster on the south shore to address this issue. This seven year grant began in July 2013 and will include a 10 month assessment phase utilizing the strategic prevention framework.
The Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Collaborative Grant Program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health administration (SAMHSA) to address the issue of opioid use and abuse, and fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in Massachusetts. The purpose of the Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Collaborative Grant Program is to implement local policy, practice, systems and environmental change to prevent the use/abuse of opioids, prevent/reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses, and increase both the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these issues. Strategies and interventions must be consistent with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model, consistent with any available evidence-based practices or local best practices such as those developed during the previous SPF State Incentive Grant (SIG) -MassCALL2 Opioid Overdose Prevention initiative, and approved by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).
Additionally, this Program seeks to provide financial support for groups of municipalities to enter into formal, long term agreements to share resources and coordinate activities in order to increase the scope of this work and capacity of municipalities to address these issues among their combined populations. This program will also emphasize the integration of SAMHSA's SPF model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistent data-driven planning process across the Commonwealth, focused on implementing effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.
The guidance document is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups who are implementing efforts to prevent and/or reduce opioid misuse in Massachusetts, including those whose efforts are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), and more specifically, grantees of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse.