Resource Library

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Resource Title Description Resource Type
New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center

The New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, administered by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., provides training and technical assistance services to the professional and volunteer prevention workforce within the New England states. The New England PTTC is developing a diverse program with multiple modes of training and information dissemination. This includes collaboration with states to hold live, in person trainings featuring the latest prevention science, but also multiple opportunities for distance learning to maximize the reach of technical assistance in the region. The New England PTTC also puts a focus on workforce development initiatives, to include introducing New England high school students and young adults to the many educational and career opportunities within the prevention field.  

The New England PTTC will serve as a hub of specialty expertise in providing training and technical assistance in the area of cannabis risk education and prevention

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?

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.

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
Partnership for Success (PFS) Guidance Document

This guidance document is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups who are implementing efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse among high school aged youth, 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 Partnership For Success 2015 cohort.

People Power: Mobilizing Communities for Policy Change

This publication provides an overview of the steps associated with engaging in community mobilizing to implement environmental strategies with a particular emphasis on adopting alcohol, tobacco, and drug (ATD) policies at the community level.

PFS Logic Model Development Guide

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

Planning Primer: Developing a Theory of Change, Logic Models and Strategic and Action Plans

This primer provides clear guidelines for assisting your coalition to develop the products that you need to carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse rates. It also helps you understand the dynamic planning process needed for coalition work.

Population Health Information Tool (PHIT)

The Population Health Information Tool (PHIT) is a data portal for Massachusetts health data. As a service of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, PHIT aims to provide data for a healthier Massachusetts.

Potential Challenges to Obtaining Useful Data

Learn about the potential challenges to obtaining useful epidemiological and other data during prevention planning.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Practitioner Guide to Preventing Cocaine Use: Facts, Figures, and Strategies

Cocaine use in the United States has begun to rise in the past few years, and indicators suggest it will continue to rise, at greater levels, in the coming years. This issue brief is designed to help prevention practitioners better understand and prevent this growing problem.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence

Provides an overview of how ACES impact health and opportunity what can be done to prevent them.

Preventing Heroin Use: Facts, Factors, and Strategies

This issues brief is designed to help substance abuse prevention practitioners better understand and prevent the growing problem of heroin use. Specifically, it provides: an overview of recent trends in heroin use and related consequences; information on national, state and local data sources for heroin-related indicators; an inventory of research-based risk and protective factors associated with heroin use; and evidence-based strategies for preventing heroin use.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief