Report on Lessons Learned from Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Recipients

June 2017
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) piloted a program in 2015 called the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Program that funded 18 awardees to develop community partnerships in an effort to combat the opioid crisis at the local level. The goal of the program was to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of naloxone, as well as the training of licensed healthcare professionals, emergency responders and other community members to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose and administer naloxone.

The report provides a summary of lessons learned from ROOR grant recipients on how to engage, educate and connect stakeholders to available resources to help combat the opioid overdose epidemic. Also included in the report are links to resources related to training, data, marketing, outreach and grant recipient background.