- Community Groups
- Overdose Survivors
- Patients & Families
- Doctors & Nurses
- Policymakers & Media
- Law Enforcement
- Naloxone OD Antidote
- About Project Lazarus
The Project Lazarus public health model is based on the premises that drug overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are ultimately responsible for their own health. The model components: (1) community activation and coalition building, (2) monitoring and epidemiologic surveillance, (3) prevention of overdoses through medical education and other means, (4) use of rescue medication to reverse overdoses by community members, and (5) evaluation of project components. The last four steps operate in a cyclical manner, with community advisory boards playing the central role in developing and designing each aspect of the intervention.
Our experience has shown us that the central role of the community advisory boards cannot be emphasized enough. In general the boards are made up of clinicians, parents, health officials, faith community representatives, school and college officials, law enforcement and others. They dictate the specific mix of overdose prevention interventions for their local area. Our national presence gives us access to resources that coalitions would not be aware of, and our practical experience helps us guide the formation and sustainable development of these groups.
Here are some some of the activities that we have done in Wilkes that we can help you do in your community.
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