Opioid Epidemic and Substance Use Disorder : Local Public Health in Action

Training Overview

Opioid use has impacted virtually every aspect of life in our communities. Opioid overdoses have increased significantly in Massachusetts over the past two decades. In fact, since 2000, opioid‐related deaths in Massachusetts have increased 350%. Since they are the authority responsible for health promotion and disease prevention, local boards of health (LBOH) need to be involved in their community’s efforts to address the epidemic. They should also be connected with community partners and coalitions to actively engage in prevention and treatment efforts.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the intersection of public health and the opioid epidemic
  • Detail the role of coalitions in addressing the opioid epidemic
  • List two ways housing and substance use overlap
  • Explain how the tenancy preservation program (TPP) is a resource for substance use related housing issues
  • Identify certified sober housing programs
  • Describe substance use in the context of the stages of change model
  • Give examples of LBOH involvement with community partners and coalitions to actively engage in prevention and treatment efforts

Subject Matter Experts

  • Benjamin H. Cluff
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
    Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Veterans’ Services Coordinator


This training is funded by a grant 1H79Tl081717 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.