Strategy 1: Promote prevention, education, and law enforcement efforts in a collaborative way in the Northwestern District.
Host a Prescription Drug Abuse Summit for pharmacists and health care professionals.
Develop new substance abuse coalitions in the Northwestern District in communities that do not currently have coalitions.
Strategy 2: Increase advocacy behind state and national efforts to improve Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, to fight the abuse of prescription drugs and other opioids which can lead to addiction, overdoses, and death.
Promote the semi-annual DEA Take Back and Northwestern District Attorney’s Permanent Drug Take-Back efforts in local communities to reduce prescription drug availability.
Strategy 3: Identify trends relating to prescription drug abuse in the Northwestern District in an effort to target interventions.
Develop complimentary data collection systems that will integrate local statistics with data from the MA PDMP, Brandeis University’s PDMP Center of Excellence, and DOJ\BJA nationwide reporting.
Implement targeted studies using nearby University of Massachusetts and DPH programs to expedite training and technical assistance by partners in the Northwestern District County Rx Drug Abuse Task Force.