The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network Coordinating Office (NCO) has designed this competency-based guide to raise awareness of resources available to build the capacity of the workforce to address the opioid crisis. The digital guide is relevant to peer support workers, and other behavioral health professionals who intersect with people at risk for misuse of, or who are already misusing opioids. Contemporary use of prescription or illicit opioids has led to the current opioid crisis in the US, where opioid overdose has increased fivefold since 1999, and where every day more than 115 people die of an opioid overdose. It is important to acknowledge the continuum of prevention, treatment, and recovery when addressing people who have, or are at risk of developing, an opioid use disorder. Therefore, we have organized the guide to align with this continuum.
Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.