Resources

Resource Library

Search our resource library to access a wealth of information to support your substance misuse prevention efforts. Use the drop down menus to search by resource type and/or prevention topic, or type a keyword into the search bar. New resources added regularly!

Resource Title Description Resource Type
Increasing Participation and Membership

This toolkit provides guidance for increasing participation and engaging stakeholders in change efforts.

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Injury Management: A Key Component of Prescription Opioid Misuse Prevention Fact Sheet

Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. The educational materials shall also be distributed in written form to all students participating in an extracurricular athletic activity prior to the commencement of their athletic seasons.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes. This fact sheet also highlight resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction.

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Leadership and Management

Information about the core functions of leadership, management, and group facilitation.

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Local, State, and National Data Sources

This resource provides an annotated list of data sources that provide information on substance misuse and related behavioral health problems.

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Locating Data on Risk Factors for Opioid Overdose

Practitioners working on opioid overdose prevention efforts can use this tool to: learn more about behaviors they know or suspect are contributing to opioid overdose in their communities, in order to better target their prevention efforts; identify new sources of data to supplement those with which they are already familiar; identify proxy measures (that is, data alternatives) for factors of interest (if, for example, specific types of data are not available at the local level); identify potential prevention partners (for example, local hospitals and emergency medical services) who regularly collect data on a range of relevant factors.

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Making the Case through Media Advocacy: A Toolkit

This toolkit provides a compilation of tips and talking points for making the case for community prevention. They are based on Prevention Institute’s daily analysis of how the media is (and isn’t) framing community prevention. Using this information, you can expand and shift the frame of how the media depicts community prevention, to ensure that the whole picture is shown and that community prevention is framed accurately and comprehensively.

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Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) Guidance Document

This guidance document is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups who are implementing efforts to prevent and/or reduce opioid misuse and overdose in Massachusetts, including those whose efforts are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), and more specifically, grantees of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative.

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MOAPC Logic Model Development Guide

This guide provides guidance for developing a logic model specific to the MOAPC grant, a logic model examples, as well as a logic model template.

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New England Prevention Specialist Onboarding and Orientation Roadmap 2021

This resource is adapted by the New England PTTC from a resource created in partnership with the Maine Prevention Workforce Development Workgroup, convened by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine under contract with the Maine Center for Disease Control. It aims to meet universal developmental training needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce in New England. This resource is not specific to any one funding source or program. This resource can be used by new preventionists entering the field working in any federal, state, or locally funded prevention coalition, organization, or initiative.

With this resource, the New England PTTC hopes to provide a strong science-based overview of the field for new professionals to assist them in getting through the orientation phase and into the work they came to do more quickly, and with a shared perspective throughout the region.

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New England Prevention Specialist Onboarding and Orientation Roadmap 2021

With this resource, the New England PTTC hopes to provide a strong science-based overview of the field for new professionals to assist them in getting through the orientation phase and into the work they came to do more quickly, and with a shared perspective throughout the region. Specific substance use prevention initiatives likely have their own onboarding process and tools that are program-specific. This resource is offered to supplement these program specific trainings, and give a scope of the prevention field.

This document is a living document that will change as the field of substance use prevention changes within the state, regionally, and nationally. Prevention specialists are welcome to return to this document at any point to review 101 level concept and ideas.

This document is interactive in that almost every graphic is clickable to bring you to an in-depth and reliable resource to learn more about the discussed topic. Many words are underlined to help break complex topics down into more details, as well. These links will be updated as this document is updated if more timely research or data is found within the field.

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Not Your Mother’s Scare Tactics: The Changing Landscape of Fear-based Messaging Research

This resource presents findings from a systematic review of the recent literature examining associations between scare tactics, fear-based messages, and substance misuse. Informed by this research, this brief addresses three main questions: (1) What are scare tactics and fear-based messages, and how have they changed over time?; (2) Are these types of messages effective?; and (3) What are the implications of these approaches for prevention?

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Opioid Misuse Prevention: Student Athletes Fact Sheet Packet

Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. The educational materials shall also be distributed in written form to all students participating in an extracurricular athletic activity prior to the commencement of their athletic seasons.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes. This packet also highlights resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Organizing for Effective Advocacy

Information on advocacy principles, advocacy research, providing education, direct action campaigns, media advocacy, and responding to opposition.

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Overcoming Barriers to Data-sharing

This resource provides an overview of some common barriers to obtaining archival data, and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine, and methadone. In response to the increasing number of opioid-related fatal overdoses in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health is sponsoring a pilot program that is distributing intra-nasal naloxone (Narcan©), along with opioid overdose prevention education, to opioid users and to trusted people in their lives such as family, friends, and staff of human services programs. Emergency responders including paramedics and emergency room physicians have been using naloxone since the 1970's to revive people who are experiencing an opioid overdose. Many programs nationally, and now here in Massachusetts have been making this life-saving medication available to people who are most likely to witness an overdose.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief