EAC Network’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) is one of the 850
registered opioid overdose prevention programs in New York State. EAC provides NARCAN® (Naloxone, 4ml), training, and technical assistance to EAC’s clients currently enrolled in any one of the criminal justice, behavioral health treatment, and/or diversion programs. Our OOPP Program Aide and Peer Recovery Coaches develop and implement initiatives to reduce and prevent opioid overdose deaths among those we serve and EAC’s neighboring communities throughout the five boroughs. EAC’s OOPP provides community-based overdose prevention, recognition, response education, and distributes naloxone kits directly to participants and community members.
The misuse of prescription medication and opioid-based drugs has increased significantly over the years to become a public health concern and the presence of fentanyl in NYC’s drug supply has dramatically increased, with 68% of overdose deaths in 2019.
EAC’s Opioid Overdose Prevention program believes in the solution-focused approach of providing free, peer-led overdose education that will expand the understanding of what naloxone is and the vital role it plays in reversing an opioid overdose.
How We Do it:
The Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at EAC Network, in partnership with the NYC Department of Health, help bring life-saving opioid overdose prevention tools and resources to EAC employees, partnering criminal justice and health & human service agencies, and the participants they serve, expanding harm reduction and overdose prevention education within NYC. This FREE naloxone training can teach participants to become a Certified Opioid Overdose Responder and provide Overdose Rescue Kits with naloxone–a medication that can help SAVE A LIFE by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.