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The opioid crisis touches the lives of every resident in Greene County.  The Greene County Health Department, in conjunction with public & private partnerships, has launched a comprehensive opioid overdose prevention program to prevent overdose deaths & improve access to evidence-based recovery programs.  The department remains committed to this initiative by offering the following services to our residents:

Greene County Harm Reduction Program

  • Opioid Education & Technical Assistance
  • Naloxone education & distribution
  • Peer-to-Peer Support Program

Greene County Overdose Surveillance Program

  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection on opioid use & overdose in Greene County
  • County-wide Opioid Alert System (Coming Summer 2022)



Greene Co Communicable Disease

What are opioids?

Opioids are highly addictive drugs that are man-made or naturally derived from the opium poppy plant.  Some opioids are prescription drugs, such as oxycontin, morphine, and pharmaceutical fentanyl, which are used in the treatment of pain.  Other opioids are made for the illegal market such as heroin and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl.  Even prescription opioids can be misused or distributed illegally.

What does public health have to do with the opioid crisis?

The substance use crisis poses a tremendous threat to public health.  Over the years it has become clear that those that have opioid use disorder (OUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) see a higher prevalence of chronic disease, infectious disease, and severe mental illness.  In some cases, it can be up to 30% more prevalent in those with opioid use disorder or substance use disorder.

Opioid Education & Naloxone Distribution

GCHD offers opioid education and a naloxone training/distribution program.  We have formed a team that has lived experience with opioids to ensure that the education program is community-centered.  If you or  your organization is interested in participating in or receiving opioid education or are interested in Naloxone, please feel free to reach out to us at (217) 942-6961 x103 or email us at [email protected] 

Peer-to-Peer Support Program

Our department is committed to helping those struggling with opioid addiction.  Our peer support program is a process whereby peers with lived or living experience provides support for others by explicitly drawing on these experiences.  This non-clinical program is open to everyone, not just those in recovery.  Our team can also act as a navigator, helping link you to some services that may be available to you and help build social connectedness.  If you are interested in joining our support program or need help finding resources in Greene County, please click here to sign up today or give us a call (217) 942-6961 x103.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) 

Medication-assisted treatment is a highly effective use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies used in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD).

To find MAT services in our area, call (833) 2FINDHELP