Project Term: 18 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $15,000
This project helped Open Aid Alliance build strategic partnerships and create training opportunities for service providers and people who use injection drugs to improve prevention, recognition, and response to opiate overdose. Open Aid Alliance trained nearly 100 people to recognize an overdose and to respond and administer naloxone. The project fell short of their projected goal of training 360 people, however, they added overdose recognition and response to their website. This project also helped Open Aid expand their programming by exploring a substance use disorder treatment provider endorsement. This exploration led to increased partnerships in the community, strengthened business operations, and ultimately improved the continuum of substance use disorder care in Missoula County. The most profound and meaningful outcome of the project was the relationship building, strengthening partnerships, and positive legislative work to increase access and availability of naloxone throughout Montana.