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The [2016 CORE report] outlines six evidence-based strategies intended to rapidly reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut. Each strategy has associated tactics, methods for accomplishing these tactics, and the metrics that CORE will use to assess progress. The tactics related to each of the six strategies are listed below.

  ACCESS TO METHADONE AND BUPRENORPHINE
 
  • Strategically expand Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)
  • Promote same-day treatment at OTPs
  • Increase access to treatment with medications and counseling for incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder
  • Increase availability of buprenorphine at OTPs
  • Expand access to buprenorphine through office-based treatment, primary care, local mental health agencies, Emergency Department initiation, Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospital-based clinics, OTPs, and other settings
  • Ensure access to medications throughout the continuum of treatment services​
  • Facilitate linkages from acute care medical settings (Emergency Departments and hospitals) to treatment with methadone and buprenorphine​
  • Minimize financial or logistical barriers to the use of methadone or buprenorphine
  REDUCE OVERDOSE RISK
 
  • Accelerate opioid overdose survivors’ entry into opioid agonist treatment
  • Increase naloxone distribution to high-risk individuals
  • Minimize financial or logistical barriers to the use of naloxone
  • Reduce receipt of opioid analgesic doses greater than 90 MME while at the same time preserving patient function
  • Decrease opioid and benzodiazepine co-prescription and co-use
  RESPONSIBLE PRESCRIBING
 
  • Increase use of non-opioid, multi-modal treatments for acute and chronic pain
  • Increase the use of prescription monitoring plan
  • Reduce receipt of opioid analgesic doses greater than 90 MME while at the same time preserving patient function
  • Decrease opioid and benzodiazepine co-prescription and co-use
  ACCESS TO NALOXONE
 
  • Increase naloxone distribution to high-risk individuals
  • Monitor the use of naloxone in response to witnessed opioid overdose events
  • Ensure affordable access to naloxone
  DATA SHARING
 
  • Create memoranda of understanding across relevant agencies to allow for data sharing and protection
  REDUCE STIGMA
 
  • Increase educational efforts regarding opioid use disorder
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