Overdose is a national epidemic, resulting in thousands of deaths per year in the United States. The problem of overdose is perceived to exist in urban settings, however, the overdose epidemic has spread throughout suburban and rural communities at alarming rates. The problem is especially severe in Pennsylvania, due to increasing misuse of prescription pain medications. In some counties, drug overdose deaths outnumber all other types of accidental deaths combined, including motor vehicle deaths.

OverdoseFreePA is a collaboration between six partner organizations and sixteen Pennsylvania communities involved with overdose prevention and recovery activities. These communities are collaborating to develop resources that can be used by all Pennsylvanians to learn more about overdose and the way Substance Use Disorders (SUD) affect people, families and communities. By working together to create a central overdose resource, the treatment and prevention efforts in these communities will be increased. Recovery from SUD is possible, with the appropriate treatment and support.

The overall goal of this project is to increase community awareness and knowledge of overdose and overdose prevention strategies as well as to support initiatives aimed at decreasing drug overdoses and deaths within the participating counties.

Project partners include:

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

Allegheny County Health Department

The Alliance for Safe and Drug-Free Children

The Bridge to Hope

Drug Free Pennsylvania

Prevention Point Pittsburgh

Single County Authorities (SCAs) of Allegheny, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cumberland/Perry, Dauphin, Delaware, Greene, Lehigh, Luzerne/Wyoming, Lycoming/Clinton, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.

We are greatly honored to be able to support existing efforts to reduce overdose and overdose deaths through this collaboration. Funding for OverdoseFreePA is provided by:

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)

Development of OverdoseFreePA began in March 2014 and continues to grow with the support of additional counties and partners.