SHOUT OUT to TN's Network of Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS).
SHOUT OUT to TN's network of Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS). Today we are announcing a milestone - confirming 35,000 units of naloxone distributed, and 1,450 trainings held, reaching more than 32,000 statewide since the program began in Oct. 2017 to present. The program has documented more than 2,000 lives saved as a result of naloxone, but we believe the actual number is higher than reported for a number of reasons including the stigma of addiction.
“This is yet another program that shows the strength of our state’s network of 46 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions,” said Anthony Jackson, Jr., TDMHSAS Director of Prevention Services. “Because our ROPS are positioned at the local level with coalitions and other non-profits, they’re able to respond to specific needs in their communities and help out in times of emergency.”
TN's Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists are regionally-focused trainers who educate communities about substance use disorder, opioid overdose, and the use of naloxone. They are pictured at a training event held last month at Oasis Center in Nashville.
Visit the State of TN Newsroom to read the press release in its entirety: https://bit.ly/2HZ51qq and to learn more about the ROPS program. And stay tuned to our facebook page for information about upcoming naloxone trainings.