SAFE Community Playbook
The SAFE Community Playbook is a step-by-step process of how to organize, evaluate and create change in your community to impact the opioid epidemic.
The costs of the opioid crisis are tearing at the fabric of communities across our nation. In 2017, 134 people died every day from a prescription or illicit opioid overdose. That’s one person every 11 minutes.
As the opioid crisis continues to grow, communities search for things they can do to respond, real solutions that can make a difference and turn intent into action.
At SAFE Project, we are passionate about making sure communities have the tools and resources they need to successfully reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic.
Organized around SAFE’s six lines of operation and using our national network of volunteers and experts, we created the SAFE Community Playbook, a curated list of resources essential to the success of any opioid crisis response.
If you are interested in making a difference in your community, the SAFE Community Playbook will be your blueprint. It will walk you through finding the right team of community constituents to lead your effort, working together to identify your priorities, and finally, putting your work into action using examples from other communities around the county.
We know you may not have the time or resources to find promising practices from across the nation, so we have compiled this information for you. By using this playbook to identify your resources and gaps and connect to promising practices from other communities, you can positively impact the crisis in your backyard.
This playbook is not a cure for the opioid and addiction crisis that communities face. Rather, it is a compendium of strategies, projects, and initiatives: things a community can start doing today to help. The approaches described have been used by other communities that face the same issues and challenges your community may face. It will take collaborative work within your community in order to be successful.