The First Edition of the S.A.F.E. Resource Booklet entitled “WHAT DO WE DO NOW?: Navigating The Substance Abuse System in Massachusetts” has been distributed to Police from Foxboro, Franklin, Medway, Millis, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham Police Departments, to the Massachusetts State Police and the Franklin and Wrentham Fire Departments.
The manual was developed by S.A.F.E. volunteers in consultation with area first responders and with the express intent of having them distributed by first responders to loved ones when they are called to the scene of a non-fatal opioid overdose. These easy to understand manuals contain a wealth of information on the many complicated and often confusing aspects of the Substance Abuse treatment system in Massachusetts, as well as resources for families and individuals affected by Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The goal is to assist loved ones in more easily navigating and understanding the signs of abuse and the steps taken in treatment, as well as ongoing support for all. It is expected that Resource Manual would be updated based on feedback from first responders.
The ‘On-Line’ PDF version is being made available in the hope that it will provide the public with an informed approach to treatment of substance Use Disorder.