Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day

The Martha’s Vineyard Substance Use Disorder Coalition is one of multiple coalitions and host sites throughout the state promoting the Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day. On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, there will be a virtual town hall from 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST, where participants will learn from experts about opioid misuse and treatment, and will be able to take a free, anonymous, informational online screening for themselves or a loved one.

For those who screen positive or still have concerns about opioid use, there will be referrals to local treatment resources, including those at Martha’s Vineyard Peer Recovery Support Center, Island Health Care, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline (800-327-5050). The informational screening and resources will be available prior to, during, and after the event at opioidscreening.org.

A recent study by Boston Medical Center estimates more than 275,000 people in Massachusetts currently struggle with opioid use disorder, but only about 10% of those people are receiving treatment for it. Tragically, about 5 people die each day in Massachusetts from opioid-related overdose. But the good news is that opioid use disorder is treatable and help is available.

Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day will serve as a supportive community initiative to provide the public with opioid screening, teach about signs and symptoms of opioid misuse, and connect those at risk with local resources where they can get potentially lifesaving support and treatment.

The free online screenings are educational in nature and not diagnostic. They will help someone determine if they or someone they care about are exhibiting symptoms associated with an opioid disorder and help determine the best next steps. Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day, a collaboration between Fighting Opioid Misuse and the Brigham B-Core Program, will also work to decrease the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder and help individuals recognize that there are resources available in their community to treat this debilitating illness.