SCOPE trains first responders in ways to increase naloxone administration and eliminate opioid overdose deaths. Our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page provides information to determine if SCOPE training is right for your organization.

What is SCOPE?

The Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) project educates emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and firefighters on the opioid public health crisis and introduces services first responders can implement to serve community members at risk of substance use disorder (SUD). This project aims to increase naloxone administration and eliminate overdose deaths across Pennsylvania.

Why train first responders about SUD? 

First responders are often the only source of treatment for those experiencing an opioid overdose and are uniquely positioned to offer further treatment options to people living with SUD. In addition, these training sessions equip first responders with the knowledge and tools to prevent future overdoses and save lives.

What type of first responders can take the training?

EMS agencies in every county in Pennsylvania and fire departments within a 33-county catchment area in Pennsylvania are eligible for SCOPE training sessions. Fire departments with basic life support (BLS) licenses may participate in the training regardless of location/county.

Are the training times flexible?

PERU works with your agency to schedule training sessions that accommodate your staffing needs.  Training funding is available. Please get in touch with us with any questions.

Who is the SCOPE Statewide team? 

SCOPE Statewide is an interdisciplinary group of PERU staff including: 

  • Katrin Fieser, CRS, CFRS, CPS, NCPRSS, MSW – Training Coordinator
  • Chip Franklin, MS, NRP, CP-C – Program Implementation Specialist
  • Kristy Rzepecki, BS – Program Manager
  • Brenda Hall Sciulli, BA, OCPC – Deputy Director

How was the SCOPE training content created?

SCOPE trainings are based on peer-reviewed research, insight from subject matter experts (including University of Pittsburgh emergency medicine instructors), and feedback from first responders.

How is SCOPE funded?

SCOPE is a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy’s Program, Evaluation, and Research Unit (PERU), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is funded by SAMHSA.  

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact SCOPE@pitt.edu with any additional questions.