Each year in Massachusetts, more people die of fatal opioid overdoses than from car accidents. Seeing a need to stem this critical issue, the state of Massachusetts identified 15 at-risk communities throughout the commonwealth, one of which was South Boston. Through education focused around overdose risk factors, those battling addiction and their loved ones can now learn the signs of an overdose and know what to do if one occurs.
Please attend our October 29 overdose prevention meeting at 7pm at the Tierney Learning Center 125 Mercer St. South Boston, MA 02127.

Boston-Based Prevention Programs

AHOPE – Addicts Health Opportunity Prevention Education

The AHOPE program provides education, training, and safety supplies to active users to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C infection, and to prevent fatal and nonfatal overdose.  AHOPE also provides referrals to substance abuse treatment programs. AHOPE serves several Boston neighborhoods through mobile van services, street outreach, and home visits.

Addiction affects more than just the addict, which is why our program aims to not only serve opioid and injection drug users, but also their friends, family, and healthcare providers.  If you know someone battling addiction, contact AHOPE to learn about harm reduction and overdose prevention strategies.

Services Provided:
  • Free, legal, anonymous needle exchange
  • Overdose risk factor and prevention education
  • Referrals to substance abuse treatment through the Resource and Referral Center, with priority admission to methadone treatment and detoxification services
  • On-site HIV testing (scheduled days)

Please call 1-800-383-2437 to access the van schedule or receive additional information.

AHOPE – Nasal Narcan Pilot Program

AHOPE is now the Boston site for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Project. The project trains opioid users and their families on how to prevent, recognize, and intervene during an opioid overdose. The training covers the importance of calling 911, how to perform rescue breathing, the administration of nasal Narcan, and instructions for after-Narcan care. The project also offers counseling and referrals to substance abuse treatment for all participants who are misusing opioids.

For more information about this project, please call 1-800-327-5050.

Nasal Naloxone/Narcan Assembly