What is BOAPC?

Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (BOAPC) implements local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids and to prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and non-fatal hospital events associated with opioid poisonings throughout the 32 municipalities in Berkshire County.

This program emphasizes the integration of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistent data-driven planning process focused on implementing effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.

County-wide strategies to reduce opioid misuse and abuse include:

Opioid Consumption Strategies:

  • Point of sale pharmacy education
  • Exploration of alternative methods for addressing chronic pain
  • Enhanced training of prescribers in addiction
  • Continued media campaigns around safe storage and disposal of medications
  • Supporting comprehensive health education in local schools
  • Community education around risks of opioid consumption and addiction

Opioid Consequence (overdose) Strategies:

  • Increase naloxone (Narcan) availability in Berkshire County via Learn to Cope Tapestry Health, and the support of naloxone education for first responders
  • Provision of comprehensive information about post-overdose services
  • Supporting training for emergency department and crisis staff on connecting post-overdose patients to treatment options
  • Community education on the Good Samaritan Law
  • Harm Reduction Education

To learn more about the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative, call Jennifer Kimball at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, 413-442-1521 x37 or

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