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New Release: Opioid Response Network Explainer Video
The Opioid Response Network (ORN) has released an explainer video highlighting the project and many of the activities making an impact in communities across the nation. To date, ORN has provided education and training to over 31,000 individuals across more than 3,400 activities. Anyone working to address the opioid crisis and stimulant use in their community can leverage ORN as a free resource to support their efforts. This video helps explain how ORN can help. To help ORN help others, share this link.
Opioid Response Network Education
New resources and trainings (all at no cost!) from the Opioid Response Network.
Upcoming Webinars
A Tour of the Mini-Guide to SBIRT For Youth: Addressing Substance Use and Co-Occurring Risk

Two opportunities to attend:
Monday, April 26, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET and Wednesday, April 28, 2021 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Youth substance use is common and can result in substance use related problems and substance use disorders. Substance use prevention and treatment are both effective, but too few youth are reached with these important services and programs. This webinar will explore opioid and other substance use and co-occurring risks among youth. It will also describe the core elements of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) with youth specifically around opioid and other substance use and co-occurring risk for depression, anxiety and suicide. This Opioid Response Network (ORN)-funded webinar and accompanying resources were developed by ORN partner organization the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. More information and to register.
Recovery Support Services: Science and Practice
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:00 pm ET

During the past 50 years, the addiction field has learned a great deal regarding the etiology, epidemiology, typology, phenomenology and acute care treatment of substance use disorders. In the last 20 years, the field has learned even more about how people with substance use disorders achieve remission and stable recovery. This webinar from the Recovery Research Institute with funding from the Opioid Response Network (ORN) will describe the emergence and growth of recovery support services, which have helped people with substance use disorders to build recovery capital, mitigate biobehavioral stress and enhance their chances of remission. More information and to register.
Reminder: Integrating Recovery Supports into Services for People Experiencing Homelessness
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

C4 Innovations, an Opioid Response Network (ORN) partner organization, is hosting an ORN-funded panel discussion with national leaders about why access to recovery supports is critical for people experiencing homelessness. Presenters will explore evidence-based and best practices for engaging individuals with opioid use disorder and experiencing homelessness to connect them with available recovery supports. More information and to register.
Resources, Reports and Activities
Medications for Addiction Treatment Readiness and Implementation Checklist: New Resource

The National Council for Behavioral Health and the Opioid Response Network (ORN) have developed a tool designed to be a helpful guide for leadership and any healthcare provider considering providing medications for addiction treatment (MAT). Questions in the document can assist in determining organizational readiness to implement MAT and are organized into five key sections: 1) organizational readiness; 2) economic and regulatory readiness; 3) workforce readiness; 4) community readiness; and 5) patient and caregiver readiness. This ORN-funded tool can be completed by key staff at any agency considering implementing MAT and can be accessed by submitting a request at 
Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Emergency Departments, Policy and Practice Recommendations: New Resource

The National Council for Behavioral Health and Opioid Response Network (ORN) hosted a technical experts’ panel (TEP) to identify best and promising practices to engage individuals surviving overdose and assist individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) presenting in emergency department (ED) settings. Recommendations were identified and prioritized, outlining the core components necessary to effectively address the needs of individuals with OUD within ED settings. This ORN-funded report identifies key policy and practice recommendations informed by existing research, case examples and findings from the TEP. This free resource can be accessed by submitting a request at
Physician Assistant Education Association Clinical Sites Initiative: How Treatment Providers Can Participate

Opioid Response Network (ORN) partner organization, the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA’s) Clinical Sites Initiative is aimed at expanding the physician assistant (PA) workforce in systems caring for patients with opioid use disorders. PAEA is collaborating with substance use disorder treatment provider organizations to connect opioid use disorder-focused clinical sites with PA education programs to bolster the behavioral health workforce with qualified, well-trained, early-career practitioners. By participating in the program, behavioral health clinical sites will be connected with PA programs seeking to set up full-time, supervised, 4- to 8-week rotations for their students. More information.
An Infant Presents with Severe Opioid Toxidrome. Could Breast Milk Be the Culprit?: ORN Report
With funding from the Opioid Response Network (ORN), the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is using the enhanced sentinel detector field to identify and report on novel and emerging opioid and stimulant exposures. The first report, An Infant Presents with Severe Opioid Toxidrome. Could Breast Milk Be the Culprit?, helps to illuminate safety considerations regarding breast feeding and medication storage for parents on opioids. This topic is particularly important to mothers on medications such as methadone and buprenorphine.  Read here.
Do you have needs for education and training in the prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorders and stimulant use? Learn more and submit a request at 401-270-5900
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI083343 and 6H79TI080816 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.