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What is SCOPE?

Funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) Statewide project offers FREE training to equip and empower first responders (e.g., emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and firefighters) to reduce the impact of opioid overdoses in their communities. This training educates first responders on the opioid public health crisis and introduces expanded services that first responders can implement to better serve community members who may be at risk of substance use disorder. First responders play an important role not only by aiding those experiencing an overdose, but also in potentially referring patients to local drug and alcohol services to ensure that patients get the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting. The SCOPE Statewide project trains EMS personnel in every county across the commonwealth and firefighters within a 33-county catchment area in Pennsylvania. The training course is approved for 4 hours of EMS continuing education credits.

SCOPE provides training on:

  • Culturally competent and patient-centered treatment.
  • Naloxone leave behind.
  • Implementation of referrals and warm handoffs to local drug and alcohol services.
  • Safety and best practices for dangerous or illicit substances, including fentanyl.
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Our Impact

Since September of 2020, SCOPE has trained 687 first responders in ways to increase naloxone administration and eliminate overdose deaths. Contact us at scope@pitt.edu to learn how we can help first responders in your area.


Watch our 2-minute testimonial video to discover the benefits of the SCOPE training program.

This program is excellent, it should be part of the EMT course!

Paramedic, Butler Ambulance Service, Butler County

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