Overdose Prevention Task Force (OPTF)

OPTF Event Calendar


About the OPTF:

The Overdose Prevention Task Force was created in spring 2019 in response to the rise in preventable overdose deaths across the nation. The Overdose Prevention Task Force focuses on six different public health matters that contribute to overdose deaths in our communities. These issues include Good Samaritan Laws, Naloxone Distribution, Medication Assisted Treatment, Harm Reduction, Stigma Reduction, and Barriers to Access. The priorities and tactics guiding student advocacy and action are rooted in local and state laws, policies, and resources. 

Our Mission:

OPTF shall prevent and reduce overdose deaths by:

  • Advancing education and training for osteopathic medical students regarding substance use treatment services
  • Improving substance use treatment policy by engaging in student advocacy
  • Promoting osteopathic medicine in substance use treatment services through community-based action
  • Destigmatizing substance use within the medical education community and promoting substance use treatment services that align with osteopathic principles

Overdose Prevention Strategy:

  • The OP Task Force will create tailor-made Action Plans in coordination with each Osteopathic Medical School to fulfill the mission and goals with a focus on the overdose prevention pillars
  • Each school will have a team of leaders that will work to carry out the Action Plans with their fellow colleagues
  • Action Plans will adapt as progress is made through communication with the OP Task Force and school leaders

Our Vision:

To eliminate overdose deaths around the country through osteopathic medical student education, advocacy, and action.

Overdose Prevention Pillars:

  • Naloxone
  • Harm Reduction Education
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Access to Care
  • Stigma Reduction
  • Recovery

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OPTF Leadership Team