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The Strategies and Tools for Overdose Prevention (STOP) unit aims to stop overdose deaths and reduce harms related to opioids. As the number of overdoses caused by heroin and other opioids continue to rise, along with the increased use of more potent opioids that carry higher risk, championing data-driven strategies to prevent and respond to overdose is critical.





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Our work is made possible by the support of many partners and generous funders, including individual donations from community members like youClick the button below to contribute a donation to the Strategies and Tools for Overdose Prevention unit.

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All donations are tax-deductible. Online donations are processed through Wayne State University (WSU). WSU does not charge a fee per transaction, so all donations go directly to the Center to support their overdose prevention efforts.





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The initiatives of the STOP unit include both academic research projects and community-based interventions, in addition to supporting the work of our collaborative partners.

Community Training for Overdose Rescue

The STOP team delivers Overdose Rescue training to community members in Southeast Michigan, preparing them to act quickly and correctly during an overdose emergency to help save lives. In the event of an overdose, there are several ways that non-medical bystanders can intervene while waiting for the assistance of medical professionals – by calling for help, giving the person overdose-reversal medicine (naloxone - also known by the brand names Narcan and Evzio), and performing CPR if needed.


During each training session, which typically lasts 45 minutes, participants learn about the opioid crisis and overdose risks, how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to respond if they encounter an overdose, and strategies for supporting survivors in seeking treatment and recovery services. Each participant receives an Overdose Rescue Kit – which contains the opioid antidote Narcan (a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdose), a protective mask with a one-way valve for use during mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing, and an information card summarizing key points from the training. This training initiative is a joint endeavor between the Center for Urban Studies and partner groups including the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University, the Detroit East Medical Control Authority, and the Detroit Health Department.

In Fall 2019, the Center will launch the AmeriCorps Community Training for Overdose Rescue (ACT) program. ACT will expand these training efforts to high-need communities in the tri-county region (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties).

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Engage Healthcare Professionals in Harm Reduction Efforts

As part of a collaborative team from Wayne State University, STOP is conducting a survey of community pharmacists across Michigan. Through this survey, the team will gain a better understanding of pharmacists’ perspectives and knowledge of the opioid antagonist naloxone, familiarity with the Michigan naloxone standing order that allows participating pharmacies to dispense naloxone to individuals without a patient-specific prescription, and interest in training opportunities covering various opioid-related topics.

Survey results will help inform future STOP efforts to engage pharmacists in reducing harm caused by opioids, increase pharmacy participation in the naloxone standing order, engage community pharmacists in naloxone distribution, and better prepare pharmacists to counsel individuals about opioid use, overdose prevention and response, and treatment options for substance use disorder.


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From left to right:

Michelle Carolan | Grant Writer

Scott Boyink | Overdose Rescue Trainer

Lauren Meloche | Program Director

Dr. Robert Dunne | Emergency Room Physician and Training Partner

Krystal Hairston | Overdose Rescue Trainer

Michelle Golembieski | Program Coordinator

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STOP activities are made possible with the generous support of our partners:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Corporation for National and Community Service

Detroit East Medical Control Authority

Detroit Health Department

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Michigan Community Service Commission

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

Superior Health Foundation