Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Community Resources

The Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector (BORC)

Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector (BORC) update featuring successful program models of addressing the OUD Treatment Gap.

New online tool to help communities respond to the opioid crisis, with COVID-19-related resources led by Dr. Cindy Parks Thomas, Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Research, Brandeis University, offers communities models for initiatives and policies aimed at reducing opioid addiction and overdose. The Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector (BORC) website (opioid-resource-connector.org) offers stakeholders more than 150 community-based program models across the continuum of care, which can serve as models for initiatives and policies aimed at reducing opioid addiction and overdose.

Reports/handouts:
BORC one-pager

Massachusetts Drug Supply Data Stream (MADDS)

A Community-Public Health-Public Safety Collaboration

The goal of the Massachusetts Drug Supply Data Stream (MADDS) is to learn more about the local illicit drug supply to better inform public health and public safety responses. MADDS is a state-funded collaboration between Brandeis University researchers, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, various town police departments and local community partners. Piloted in 2019 in Boston and New Bedford, MADDS currently partners with New Bedford, Quincy, Lynn, Boston, Greenfield, and Berkshire County communities, with new sites coming on board across the state. MADDS is part of the state’s responses that align with the Harm Reduction Commission’s recommendations.

Reports/handouts:

MADDS/Drug checking one-pager

Fentanyl Test Strip Kit Distribution Pilot Evaluation Report 

Community Drug Supply Alerts:

Community Drug Supply Alerts communicate about substances found in the drug supply that have concerning negative health impacts and how to reduce them. These documents are public facing.  Alerts are meant to inform community members, especially people who use drugs, providers, and community organizations that work with people who use drugs.

Community Partners Alert: Synthetic Cannabinoid “ADB-BUTINACA" aka "ADB-BINACA” Detected in Dope/Heroin/Fentanyl

**SPANISH** Cannabinoide sintético "ADB-BUTINACA" también conocido como "ADB-BINACA" detectado en droga / heroína / fentanilo

**PORTUGUESE** Canabinoide Sintético "ADB-BUTINACA" também conhecido como "ADB-BINACA" Detectado em Dope/Heroína/Fentanil

Community Partners Alert: 4-fluorofentanyl & Despropionyl 4-fluorofentanyl in Fentanyl/Heroin/Dope

**SPANISH** 4-Fluorofentanilo y Despropionil 4-Fluorofentanilo Detectado en Heroína/Fentanilo

**PORTUGUESE** 4-Fluorofentanil e Despropionil 4-Fluorofentanil Detectado em Heroína/Fentanil

Public Health Bulletins:

Public Health Bulletins communicate about substances found in the drug supply that are new, changing, or unusual and deemed of public health importance.  Bulletins do not constitute an alert.  Bulletins are public facing documents meant to inform community members, especially people who use drugs, providers, and community organizations that work with people who use drugs.

Two Active Cuts: Xylazine and Phenacetin

**SPANISH** Dos Cortes Activos: Xilacina y Fenacetina

**PORTUGUESE** Dois Tipos: Xilazina em Fenacetina

Synthetic Cannabinoid Detected in Fentanyl/Heroin/Dope

**SPANISH** Cannabinoide Sintético “MDMB-4en-PINACA” detectado en Heroína/Fentanilo/Droga

**PORTUGUESE** Canabinóide Sintético "MDMB-4en-PINACA" Detectado em Heroína/Fentanil/Dope

Counterfeit Benzodiazepines

**SPANISH** Falsificación de Benzodiazepinas

**PORTUGUESE**  Falsificação de Benzodiazepina

Street Narcotics Updates and Alerts:

These documents communicate about changes to the drug supply that are relevant to public health and public safety.  These documents are designed to inform members of the public safety community.  Street Narcotics Updates communicate about substances found in the drug supply that are new, changing, or unusual and deemed of public health importance.  Street Narcotics Alerts communicate about substances found in the drug supply that have concerning negative health impacts and how to reduce them. 

Synthetic Cannabinoid “ADB-BUTINACA" aka "ADB-BINACA” Detected in Dope/Heroin/Fentanyl

**SPANISH** Cannabinoide sintético "ADB-BUTINACA" también conocido como "ADB-BINACA" detectado en droga / heroína / fentanilo

**PORTUGUESE** Canabinoide Sintético "ADB-BUTINACA" também conhecido como "ADB-BINACA" Detectado em Dope/Heroína/Fentanil

Xylazine and Phenacetin

Public Safety Partners Alert: 4-fluorofentanyl & Despropionyl 4-fluorofentanyl in Fentanyl/Heroin/Dope 

Fluorofentanyl Alert Roll Call Video


Synthetic Cannabinoid as Heroin

Synthetic Cannabinoid Update Roll Call Video

Wellbutrin as Crack 

  1. Wellbutrin Roll Call Video (Medical Toxicologist Version) 
  2. Wellbutrin Update Roll Call Video

Counterfeit Benzodiazepines

Resources for MADDS Community Partners:

These resources are for organizations that are formally partnered with MADDS. Materials cover the basics of the MADDS program to assist with training staff.
  1. MADDS Onboarding Video
  2. MADDS Onboarding Video (short)

Other Key Links:

Linktree to Resources and More Information  

 MADDS data chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  



Legislative Updates:

Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association. 2021. Fentanyl Test Strips Fact Sheet. Available at https://legislativeanalysis.org/fentanyl-test-strips-2/

Contact us at maddsbrandeis@gmail.com

Rapid Assessment of Consumer Knowledge (RACK)

What is RACK?
Rapid Assessment of Consumer Knowledge (RACK) is a brief, mixed methods research approach to gain insight into local challenges and responses to the opioid crisis as shared by the people who use drugs there. RACK reaches beyond clinical and administrative data to learn about fentanyl and other drug use, treatment experiences and access, and the lived effects of recent policies, like prescribing limits and the Good Samaritan Law.


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