Tools for Public Health Workers

Created by Franklin Cook of Unified Community Solutions for the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Coping with Overdose Fatalities: Tools for Public Health Workers covers basic practices that are likely to be helpful to frontline service providers in the immediate aftermath of a death from substance-use-related causes. It includes principles for agencies to consider and practical information about acknowledging death in the moment, coping with strong emotions, building a support system, getting extra support, and understanding this kind of grief.