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Opioid Abuse Prevention

OPEN is a regional collaborative aimed at reducing accidental opioid overdoses, and the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications in Cambridge, Everett, Somerville, and Watertown.

Opioids are the class of drugs that includes heroin and prescription pain relievers like OxyContin.

OPEN is working with residents and organizations, local hospitals, police, fire, and health departments in all four cities to raise awareness about prescription opioid safety and prevent fatal and non-fatal overdoses.

The Cambridge Public Health Department is the lead agency for OPEN.

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OPEN is funded through a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. Cambridge, Everett, Somerville, and Watertown are among 80 communities involved in this statewide project called the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Updated on June 21, 2022


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Prescription Drug Safety

See how local communities are working to prevent prescription pain medication misuse. Produced by Everett Community Television.


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