Opioid addiction is a national public health crisis affecting our communities locally.
Through its Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) initiative, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation works to end the stigma of addiction and increase equitable access to community-based prevention, treatment, and recovery resources for opioid use disorder.
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The STOP initiative aims to address the opioid epidemic through evidence based programs and community resources, support of pathways to treatment and prevention, and dissemination of effective strategies and education.
The Foundation’s STOP programs include:
The Foundation is currently prioritizing funding for local colleges and universities to launch and expand Collegiate Recovery Programs to support the recovery of students in higher education.
Eligible organizations can receive funding only once per calendar year and must meet the following criteria:
Drug take-back programs are a secure and convenient way to dispose of medication and will help prevent abuse and reduce access. If you have unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, you can visit over 100 locations to safely dispose of these medications. You can be a part of the solution to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
In response to a 2016 state-wide mandate, the 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are required to stand up emergency room-based warm handoff programs, which use the emergency room setting to provide a drug overdose survivor with an immediate referral to treatment. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation initiated a study to understand utilization, design, and effectiveness of these programs in our region. Even among warm handoff hospitals, there is variation in process and success rates. After reviewing practices at five Bucks County hospitals, we’ve realized the need for:
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