Opioid Epidemic and Substance Use Disorder : A Primer for Massachusetts Boards of Health

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%. Local boards of health (LBOH) are the local public health authority responsible for health promotion and disease prevention and need to be informed about substance use disorder (SUD) and, specifically, the opioid epidemic. With this information they can be involved and connected with community efforts to end the crisis.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Relate the LBOH response to the opioid epidemic to the 10 Essential Public Health Services
  • Summarize the scope of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and its population health impacts
  • Explain what opioid addiction is and how it may be addressed
  • Describe four guiding principles for the design and implementation of any effective overdose prevention strategy
  • List three evidence-based strategies for preventing opioid overdose

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.