Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Vera Institute of Justice LogoThis report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and offers lessons related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic. As the opioid crisis has swept the nation, more and more states are equipping their first responders and police officers with naloxone, an antidote that reverses opioid overdoses and can be administered by bystanders with minimal training. This report details the efforts of New York State to implement an overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program to one particularly vulnerable population—people who have been recently released from incarceration in state prison. The report assesses the results of New York State’s efforts, and offers insights for other correctional systems seeking to implement OEND programs.