Opioid Prevention Education Project

Educating providers, students, and communities to combat the opioid epidemic across New York State.

Project Overview

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the ongoing national opioid crisis. This crisis is currently affecting millions of Americans, including many New Yorkers. In response to this crisis, the New York State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System implemented the Opioid Expansion Project (OEP), and received funding from the federal Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The project expands training related to opioid diagnosis, use, treatment and prevention for current health professionals, future practitioners, and the general population in New York State. The Opioid Expansion Project focuses on three key components: (1) Provider Training, (2) Community Prevention, and (3) Student Education.  R-AHEC coordinates trainings for medical providers, and offers educational events for community members and students to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic, contributes to prevention efforts, and provides resources for communities.

Events / Webinars

Older Adults and Opioids – Webinar Series [Video Presentations]


Project Activities

Provider Training:

In collaboration with statewide strategic partners, R-AHEC will coordinate and offer free Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) trainings for medical providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) defines Medication Assisted Treatment as ” the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a ‘whole-patient’ approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.” These coordinated trainings will allow providers to receive a federal waiver upon completion to prescribe Buprenorphine as part of MAT treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.



Community Prevention: 

In collaboration with local community partners, R-AHEC will coordinate community engagement and outreach efforts addressing opioid substance abuse, prevention, and available treatments. These events will include qualified guest speakers and presenting, such as addiction specialists, counselors, and community health workers. Each event will provide regional resources for community members.


Student Education: 

In collaboration with local educational partners, R-AHEC will coordinate outreach events addressing opioid use and abuse, prevention, and treatment for current college and high school students. Each event will provide regional resources for students.


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