In 2017, and 2018 the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) received federal grants to focus on the opioid crisis in the Nebraska. The grant money has been used to support opioid addiction prevention, treatment and recovery through different programs.
Although Nebraska has not had as many overdose deaths from opioids as compared to other states, Nebraska is still working to decrease opioid addiction through these prevention efforts:
Naloxone (Narcan) is a lifesaving drug that works to reverse an opioid overdose. DBH is working to increase access to naloxone. Naloxone is a spray given through the nose. DBH partners with the Division of Public Health to get naloxone to those at risk for an overdose or those who may be in contact with someone who is at risk.
DBH is partnering with the Nebraska Pharmacists Association to distribute naloxone at no cost to consumers through participating pharmacies across the state. Eligible consumers must be a resident of Nebraska and complete a short form provided by the pharmacist to receive the naloxone kit. Current and future pharmacies offering free naloxone are shown on this map.
The DBH team is working to increase access to treatment for those with an opioid addiction. This includes training health workers on addiction as well as treatment options for those with substance use disorders. The Division is working to increase the number of treatment providers in Nebraska.
Project ECHO is a program that includes a team of addiction and pain management experts. These experts deliver education and case review for providers across the state, expanding access to treatment to rural areas of the state.
Finally, the Division is working to increase peer support education and training for those working with people with addiction in treatment and recovery.
The Division of Behavioral Health also supports medication assisted treatment. Local medication providers include health care providers of buprenorphine. The Department of Health and Human Services continues to work to reduce drug overdose deaths.
The grant also provides resources for training addiction professionals.