Social distancing puts people with opioid use disorder at increased risk for overdose-especially those who were recently released from jail, residential treatment, or a hospital. If you know someone who may be at increased risk, encourage them to get naloxone (Narcan®), learn how to use it, and to tell others where they keep it in case they overdose. Start here: www.HealTogetherMA.org/Holyoke.
We need to look out for each other, now more than ever. People with opioid use disorder may be at increased risk of overdose during social distancing. There is no better time to get trained and keep naloxone (Narcan®) at home. You could save a loved one’s life. Learn how at Tapestry Health.
You can also get Narcan from any local pharmacy, you DO NOT need a prescription, and often there is no co-pay. Both Holyoke Health Center and Holyoke Medical Center also provide Narcan in Holyoke.
As our communities continue to struggle with the opioid addiction and specifically opioid deaths, we can help prevent death until we can assist those struggling to get to better places. Please consider sharing this information with your networks, so we can continue to fight this fight as ONE community.
Please consider posting the flyer attached on your Websites and Facebook pages.
HEALing Community Study Team
6 Ways to Support People with an Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Get trained and carry Naloxone (Narcan®) to reverse an overdose. Learn how: www.HEALTogetherMA.org/Holyoke
- Call them. Offer compassion, encouragement, and support.
- Encourage them to seek treatment (if they are ready) and to seek prevention services at a local syringe services or harm reduction program. Tapestry is one program that can assist with harm reduction, you can reach them at:
- Encourage those already in treatment to stay engaged or engage in treatment by calling their provider about tele-health appointments and take-home medication. Folks can get directly connected to the Holyoke Health Center and Holyoke Medical Center at:
- Connect them with organizations offering virtual recovery support. One organization that provides virtual recovery support in Holyoke is Hope for Holyoke, you can contact them through their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HFHRC/
- Learn how Covid-19 uniquely affects those with opioid use disorder. Start here: https://bit.ly/3dIkngr