NEWS & EVENTS

November 2017

"This new report shows some trend lines that are moving in the right direction as we work to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic in Massachusetts, but there are still too many people dying from overdoses,’’ Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. "Our administration will continue efforts to combat this public health epidemic that is devastating families in every corner of the Commonwealth, and looks forward to introducing new proposals in the near future and working with the Legislature to pass meaningful reform to strengthen our efforts from prevention to recovery."

 

Allison Burns, an addiction expert in Lexington feels the report's numbers may be misleading. Burns is a pharmacist and founder of the nonprofit End Mass Overdose. She is encouraged by the decline, but says we don't have enough information yet.  "The number of opioid-related deaths may be down, but this does not mean the the number of overdoses has declined." Burns stated increased access to the opioid overdose antidote Narcan and public trainings, such as the one held tonight as steps in the right direction. 

Lexington Plans Trainings To Get In Front of Opioids --Residents Walk Away Suprised & Aware

November 13, 2017

Lexington Residents Walk Away Surprised and More Aware Following Opioid Training 

 

“The most shocking thing that I learned is that Narcan is a temporary interrupter,” Philip Doyle remarked. Before the training provided by Allison Burns, Doyle hadn’t realized that the drug, used to block the effects of opioids and reverse a potential overdose, doesn’t immediately prevent all drug overdoses. At the training, Doyle, who works as Youth and Family Social Worker for Lexington’s Youth and Family Services Department, found out that when a dose of Narcan wears off, the person who’s received it could still die from an overdose and needs to be monitored.

 

A community Narcan training was held on Monday, Nov. 13 at Cary Hall. The Lexington Fire Department sponsored the event, in cooperation with Lexington’s Department of Human Services and the School Health Advisory Council Substance Abuse Task Force. Allison Burns, president of End Mass Overdose, Inc. offered a slideshow presentation about the opioid crisis, safe use of medications, and hands-on Narcan training to those gathered. Anyone 18 years or older could attend, and the event was free to the public

Offering naloxone instruction in Lexington acknowledges “that there’s an opioid crisis going on, and Lexington wants to get out in front of it,” Doyle said.

Shatterproof National 5K Rise Up Against Addicition

October 28, 2017

End Mass Overdose proudly served as a community partner in the national Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run.  Congratulations to all the runners on the End Mass Overdose and Hope House Boston team. 

Former Drug Czar Michael Botticelli Praises Pharmacy Program

October 2017

Michael Botticelli, President Obama's former drug czar and director of the White HouseOffice of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) praises the End Mass Overdose's medication management program SUDPP (Substance Use Disorder Pharmacy Program). Mr. Botticelli is currently the executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center. 

Boston Herald "Advocates Call for A New Approach"

October 21, 2017

Recovery Matters founders Brianne Fitzgerald, Ronald Hill, Gregory Davis, Savina Martin, Allison Burns, Jake Nichols, Marie Trenouth, John Having, Donna White, and Fernando Velazquez call for change, encourage swapping quick fixes for long term recovery.  Frustrated by the lack of progress in the fight against the raging opioid epidemic, these addiction treatment experts, social policy advocates, and human rights activists call for officials to organize the kind of coordinated effort that was used to tackle HIV and AIDS decades ago.   

Opening remarks: Woody Giessmann, former drummer of the rock band The Del Fuegos and founder of Right Turn Intensive Outpatient, Medication Assisted Treatment, and an Extended Care Housing Program

Expert panelists

Public Safety: Police Officer Dennis Keenan, Quincy Police Department

Polypharmacy and Medication Assisted Treatment: Allison Burns, CEO End Mass Overdose, Inc.

Revisionist History, Human Rights and Stigma: Savina Martin, founding leader of the National Union of the Homeless (NUH), Brianne Fitzgerald, psychiatric nurse practitioner 

Long term recovery: Gregory Davis, Boston Housing Authority, Ronald Hill, human rights activist, Marie Trenouth, registered nurse, Fernando Velazquez, licensed drug and alcohol counselor

7News Investigates: Rebuilding the Bottle to Fight Opioid Abuse

July 2017

7News investigative reporter Steve Tellier interviews End Mass Overdose founder Allison Burns to discuss how small, but potentially life-savings ways to battle the opioid epidemic through prescription pill packaging. 

On The Front Lines Of The Opioid Wars

Spring 2017

CEO Allison Burns discusses the opioid epidemic from the front line of patient care in Boston, MA. 

Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging

May 2017

Opioid and Substance Abuse: Working with Elders and their Families, a conference for Elder-Serving Professionals and Caregivers held at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

10 Lincoln Square, Worcester MA.

Featuring: Dr. Paula Morrisette, Senior Clinician, AdCare Hospital
Dr. Barbara Herbert, Director of Addiction Services, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Allison Burns, PharmD, RPh- End Mass Overdose

3rd Annual Under 40 and Taking on the World

May 9, 2017

End Mass Overdose founder and CEO, Dr. Allison Burns, PharmD is selected as 1 of 7 ground breaking women --all under the age of 40-- to share her career successes and to inspire future generations of women leaders throughout the United States.  Allison encourages young women to advance their careers and empowers them by continually adding women to leadership roles within End Mass Overdose. 

Partnering with the Iowa National Guard Counterdrug Task Force

April 26, 2017

End Mass Overdose, Inc. has officially left New England and crossed into the Midwest to partner with the Iowa National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.  We are thrilled to be working with Iowa National Guard to deliver training to law enforcement and Guard members at the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, as well as strategize about ways to attack the Opioid Epidemic on a national level.  

MA State House Opioid Education & Narcan Training with Rep. Kevin Kuros

March 23, 2017

State Representative Kevin Kuros hosts Dr. Allison Burns, PharmD, RPh for an Opioid Education and Narcan Training session at the State House in Boston.  

Boston Sun reports on End Mass Overdose's Miracle on Methadone Mile

December 15, 2016

Pharmacists come to lend a hand on Methadone Mile, See the problem first hand

Fisher College Takes on Opioid Crisis with Expert Panel Discussion

November 2016

Fisher College hosts Addiction: An Examination of the Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts in Boston. Expert panelists include: State Representative Kevin Kuros; Professor Garth Bruen, Fisher College; Amy Leone, Community Impact; Dr. Allison Burns, End Mass Overdose. 

40 Under 40: Boston Business Journal

October 22, 2016

Boston Business Journal selects our founder Dr. Allison Burns, PharmD as one of 2016's 40 Under 40 for her public service and leadership in the community.  Mayor Martin Walsh congratulates Allison and the End Mass Overdose team for their commitment to battling the Opioid Epidemic through innovative pharmacy partnerships in the Commonwealth.   

MassHousing Community Services Conference 2016

June 2016

End Mass Overdose Task Force joins Dr. Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Chief of Police Leonard Campanello, Gloucester, John Rosenthal, President Meredith Management, Mark Libon, PhD, Vice President, Behavioral Health Services of the Dimock Center, and many more to educate and train 350 state workers on the opioid crisis on June 21st, 2016.  

West Newbury Opioid Education

November 2016

West Newbury Board of Health and the Pentucket School District team up to host “Opioid Overdose 101: Education, Prevention and Narcan Training,” featuring Dr. Allison Burns, PharmD, RPh and the intern Task Force. 

Taking on the Opioid Crisis, One Town at a Time

March 11, 2016

End Mass Overdose joins Uxbridge and Blackstone Valley community leaders to collaboration on solutions to battle the opioid crisis and make resources available to those in need on March 11th, 2016. 

Panelists included: State Representative  Kevin J.  Kuros (R-Uxbridge), Senator Ryan C.  Fattman (R-Webster); Uxbridge Police Chief Jeffrey A.  Lourie, Uxbridge Fire Chief Fire Chief William T.  Kessler, Uxbridge Schools Superintendent Kevin Carney, Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey T.  Travers,  Dr.  Safdar Medina, a pediatrician at TriRiver Family Health Center, Dr. Allison Burns, founder and CEO of End Mass Overdose, and Katie Truitt and Meghan Giacomuzzi from the Missin' Matt Foundation. 

50th Annual Midyear Clinical Conference New Orleans

December 2015

Overcoming the Opioid Epidemic: Pharmacy-based Naloxone Programs & How Pharmacists can be the Difference

Founder and CEO, Allison Burns, presenting at the 50th Annual Midyear Clinical Conference in New Olreans, LA on December 8, 2015.  Allison used a national platform to spread awareness about the opioid epidemic and describe how community pharmacy-based naloxone programs can be pivotal in increasing access to naloxone within the existing legal frameworks of every state without changing the RX status of the overdose antidote.  

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