Juneau is one of six communities in Alaska to receive a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) called “Partnerships for Success” (PFS). PFS is a prevention grant focused on preventing and reducing non-medical use of prescription opioids (NMUPO) among 12-25 year olds and heroin use among 18-25 year olds through amendment of local policies, practices, systems, and environmental change.
Strategic Prevention Framework
The PFS grant requires the prevention work to be completed using a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SPF entails five steps:
- Conduct a community needs assessment;
- Mobilize and/or build capacity;
- Develop a comprehensive strategic plan;
- Implement evidence-informed prevention strategies and infrastructure development activities; and
- Monitor process and evaluate effectiveness.
PFS staff, along with the Juneau Opioid Work Group, have identified several evidence-based strategies to increase the perceived risk of using Rx opioids and heroin as well as reduce the retail and social availability of Rx opioids and social availability of heroin. Some of the strategies include: launching a media campaign to increase community knowledge; providing access to safe disposal of Rx opioids; and promoting the CDC’s opioid prescribing guidelines.