hARM REDUCTION INITIATIVES
Opioid STR/SOR partners with several organizations in Missouri to expand access to overdose education and naloxone. These initiatives have targeted areas with the highest rates of drug use and are focused on getting resources into the hands of people who use drugs and their friends and family members.
Mo heroes project
With opioid overdose deaths increasing across the United States, there has been a strong push to create harm reduction programs that reduce fatal overdose events. To that end, the Mo’ Heroes project establishes overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs within criminal justice settings. Justice-involved individuals are at particularly high risk of experiencing an opioid overdose post-release. Furthermore, because individuals returning to their communities have a greater chance of witnessing an opioid overdose, the Mo’ Heroes project aims to empower people to save someone else’s life with naloxone.
Better Family Life builds strong families and vibrant communities by providing hope, comprehensive services, and meaningful opportunities. Their services and programs are open to all people, regardless of their ethnicity, aptitude, or beliefs. Annually, Better Family Life serves more than 50,000 unduplicated community members. Through the Missouri SOR grant, Better Family Life promotes and distributes naloxone in four targeted neighborhoods that have been identified as high-risk of drug use and opioid overdoses.
For more information about Better Family Life, click here.
Kanika Turner, MD, MPH, leads the SOR grant’s faith-based initiative. As part of this initiative, she works with congregations and communities of faith in primarily Black neighborhoods in St. Louis to increase awareness about resources available for those with OUD. The faith-based initiative acknowledges our history of racial discrimination in our society’s approach to drug use and consequences, apologizes for our role in perpetuating disparities in access to effective and life-saving services for African Americans, and calls us to activate our collective resources, knowledge, and skills in now providing addiction care to those who have been
left out in the past.
The mission of Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery is to provide real solutions for those struggling with substance use disorder. As such, through Missouri’s SOR grant, they have expanded their services to the Mo’ Mobile (a retrofitted ambulance). The Mo’ Mobile travels the streets of St. Louis bringing resources, including the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, directly to active drug users. The Mo’ Mobile also provides testing for hepatitis C and HIV and connections to local treatment programs.
For more information about Missouri Network for Reform and Recovery, click here.