Author: ORS Management

CBS News Reports on NJ Department of Health Tianeptine Health Alert

The emergence of tianeptine, a prescription drug used for depression but not approved for use in the U.S. and labeled as “potentially dangerous” due to its association with addiction and fatal overdoses, raised alarms in New Jersey. The New Jersey Poison Control Center alerted state health officials to a series of poisonings linked to tianeptine […]

Building Collaboration with Crime Labs for Data Sharing

The New York Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) team collaborated with the 13 public forensic labs that analyze seized drugs and toxicology samples in the state to identify ways to share and analyze drug seizure data. However, there is significant variation in systems and protocols among these labs and only five labs have the capacity to […]

Identifying an Advocate for ODMAP Participation

Identifying a champion or strategy to advocate for Overdose Detection Mapping Application (ODMAP) utilization among stakeholders can be valuable for strengthening partner relationships and boosting participation. This approach was exemplified by the strategies implemented by the Colorado and Minnesota Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) teams. To address the challenge of ensuring widespread participation in ODMAP among […]

‘Silence on the Streets’ Documentary Production and Screening

The Connecticut ORS team, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, initiated a project to address the educational gap in substance use awareness. Recognizing the limitations of the outdated resources currently available, the ORS team partnered with Sharece Sellem-Hannah, a Connecticut native and playwright renowned for her work, including “Matthew Rising,” a play centered around the opioid […]

Out-of-State Felony Arrest Information Enhances Ongoing Investigation

A recent collaboration enabled key information sharing about Tennessee residents arrested in South Carolina on methamphetamine distribution charges to further an existing investigation. The SC DIO passed the felony arrest information to the TN DIO who then shared the arrest information with local agency contacts in TN. One of the subjects arrested in SC was […]

Engaging Hard-to-Reach Clients at High Risk of Fatal Overdose

A post-overdose response team (PORT) pilot in Hawaii, an extension of an existing social work team and patient navigators, engages unintentional overdose survivors at the Queen’s Medical Center emergency department. One of the PORT team’s major challenges was reaching patients who might leave before a patient navigator contacts them, particularly those without contact information or […]

Partnerships with Coroners for Improvements in Postmortem Toxicology Testing and Mortality Data in Idaho and Louisiana

Sharing timely overdose data and information is crucial to understand and develop strategies to reduce overdoses nationwide. In the following stories, the Louisiana ORS team and the Idaho ORS team proactively initiated collaborations with key public health and public safety partners to share overdose knowledge and establish response strategies.   In Louisiana prior to 2023, […]

Youth Prevention Tiktok Video Goes Viral

In 2020, Minnesotans ages 15-24 experienced a 26 percent increase in drug overdose deaths and those ages 25-34 experienced a 57 percent increase. Consequently, the Minnesota Department of Health identified a need to reach youth and young adults, warning them of the dangers of counterfeit pills and connecting them to harm reduction and treatment resources. […]

ORS Network Battling Disinformation

In July 2023, the Connecticut Drug Intelligence Officer (DIO) shared a post regarding hoax information on the Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) internal discussion forum. The false narrative involved utility workers poisoned by fentanyl after receiving water from a passerby. After hearing anecdotal reports of this poisoning, a CT Department of Transportation (DOT) official decided to […]

Finding shelter for sex trafficking victims with substance use disorder

As sex traffickers often use substances to help maintain control over trafficking victims, these individuals may develop substance use disorders (SUD). Victims of sex trafficking in need of safe housing may face challenges receiving assistance due to SUD restrictions. To address the issue of trafficking victims with SUD being turned away from traditional trafficking shelters, […]