Training Overview

The role of local governmental health departments in Massachusetts is to promote health and equity, combat disease, increase longevity, and improve the quality of life for all residents of the Commonwealth. Over the past decade, recognition of substance misuse as a chronic and widespread health issue has grown, and health departments have taken the lead on addressing the needs of people with substance use disorders, including those addicted to opioids. Opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths remain a critical public health problem in the Commonwealth, with total deaths in 2020 reaching a record high, and Black and Latinx opioid death rates now higher than for any other racial group.

With funding assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA) has developed a Local Public Health Toolkit for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (Toolkit). MHOA designed this Toolkit as a one-stop reference guide with information that local health departments need to create and implement prevention approaches that can make a difference. Local Health Departments should effectively use the Toolkit to respond to the opioid epidemic as it presents in their own community.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Define opioids, opioid overdose, and opioid use disorder
  • Give examples of evidence-based opioid prevention interventions for each of four strategy categories
  • Relate the local health department role for opioid prevention, intervention, and treatment to the ten essential public health services


  • Massachusetts Health Officers Association


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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