In Pennsylvania, Community-Based Interventions Reduce Overdose Deaths

Since 2016, the Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (ORTAC) has helped Pennsylvania (PA) communities find ways to reduce or eliminate the impact of opioid use, overdoses, and overdose deaths. The project was designed to take a cooperative, solutions-oriented, public health approach to overdose prevention. It empowered and supported PA residents in building sustainable coalitions and […]

FDA’s Naloxone Decision Will Save Lives

On March 29, 2023, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) became available without a prescription at pharmacies across the United States. In an article on The Conversation, PERU’s Dr. Janice Pringle, along with University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy colleagues Dr. Lucas Berenbrok and Dr. Joni Carroll, explain why this decision is a […]

Press Release: Greene County Combats the Opioid Crisis with the SUPPORT program

Also read the the Observer-Reporter story about the partnership between Green County and SUPPORT. Greene County, Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) launched the Substance Use Prevention and Promotion of Overdose Reduction and Treatment (SUPPORT) program to combat the opioid crisis and emphasize prevention, treatment, and recovery […]

Bethlehem Emergency Medical Services

We at the Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) are proud to highlight the hard work of the City of Bethlehem Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Under the leadership of Jeffrey Fritz, Paramedic Supervisor, they have been able to have their entire full-time staff complete the SCOPE First Responders training program. Working alongside the Bethlehem […]