Expanding Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Capacity in New York City
Funded by: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Project dates: July 2022 - June 2028
Principal Investigator: Bennett, Alex
Principal Investigator: Elliott, Luther

This service delivery and capacity expansion program seeks to increase the impact of peer delivered overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) to at-risk military veterans and people who use drugs in NYC neighborhoods experiencing high rates of overdose morbidity and mortality. Veteran health outreach specialists will distribute no-cost naloxone, fentanyl test strips, safe smoking kits, and other harm reduction supplies to people who use drugs, their friends, and community members throughout the five NYC boroughs. The program will also host educational forums on wide ranging harm reduction and social justice topics, and outreach specialists will provide social support and health system navigation to interested clients.

NYU’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) is housed in the NYU School of Global Public Health (GPH) and partners with other centers at GPH: CDUHR and the Center for Anti-Racism, Social Justice, and Public Health for programmatic and dissemination support. With additional community partners including a community advisory board of people who use opioids, and veteran service providers, the program will also develop and pilot new outreach measures to evaluate how racism, structural inequality, and privilege impact the relationship between area veteran service organizations, the VA, harm reduction agencies, and treatment providers in NYC communities.