The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is dedicated to increasing local health department (LHD) capacity to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic. In an attempt to learn more about how LHDs are conducting opioid prevention and response activities, NACCHO administered an environmental scan, which ultimately sought to create a foundational understanding of opioid overdose prevention and response efforts at the LHD level. The results from this scan are compiled in an official report, Local Health Department Approaches to Opioid Use Prevention and Response: An Environmental Scan. The report also features LHD stories from the field, including syringe vending machines, overdose mapping, and comprehensive stigma prevention campaigns.
In addition, NACCHO also released a How-To Guide for LHD Opioid Prevention & Response to support LHDs as they plan for, implement, and evaluate their efforts. They offer three main templates: Action Plan, Budget Plan, and Evaluation Plan.
NACCHO has developed a free, online NACCHO Opioid Epidemic Toolkit of opioid epidemic resources categorized as either local, state, or federal resources within five topic areas: monitoring and surveillance, prevention, harm reduction and response, linkage to care, and stakeholder engagement and community partnerships.