Innovation and collaboration are the cornerstones that drive End Mass Overdose, Inc. to advance and modernize the way we approach public health. Our team is dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to improve quality and safety, reduce health care costs, and optimize treatment through a four-pillar solution model: innovation, prevention, intervention, and treatment.

solutions

Innovation

Prevention

Intervention

Treatment

 

Innovation

A company of firsts—we have pioneered the following initiatives and continue to break down barriers to achieve better health 

Expanding the role of the pharmacist

Pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare experts to the public, but they are an underutilized resource. Our pharmacist-led solutions and partnerships target gaps in care and foster community capacity development and integrative healthcare. 

Improving medication quality and safety  

Created the first model of wraparound medication services that include the patient, provider, and residential facility 

Bringing complex social issues into the family room

The Exit Team is a program designed to meet people where they’re at and provide an exit plan and strategy to remap their lives.  Our weekly television show on Wednesdays at 7pm on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN-TV) hosted by Dr. Allison Burns award-winning journalist, bestselling author Ritchie Farrell brings complex social issues into the living rooms of viewers. Studio guests have included world boxing champion Micky Ward, actor Michael Madsen, and producer Jimmy Wahlberg 

Pharmacies without walls

Rescue is the first traveling pharmacy and educational program of its kind. It is designed to remove barriers to care, increase access to the overdose antidote Narcan (naloxone), and reduce fatal overdoses.  This program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)​

Advancing education 

We advanced the pharmacy profession by implementing the first specialized substance abuse and addiction medicine clinical training in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum in Massachusetts.  Our program may be used for North American pharmacist licensure in all 50 states and US territories 

prevention

Deploy a knowledge-to-action cycle to identify gaps in knowledge, provide education, and translate learning into practice 

We prevent poor health outcomes by using education to train better clinicians, improve staff performance, and help patients make informed decisions. Our upstream approach empowers people with the knowledge and skills to identify and prevent health problemsbefore they happen. ​

 

Continuing Education, Professional, and Workforce Development Programs

  • Continuing education, training, and professional development courses may be tailored to your organization's needs 

  • Didactic lecture, question and answer sessions, panel discussions, skill-based training, and other learning strategies are available 

  • Workshops, seminars, conferences, college lectures, community events, professional poster sessions, and other settings

  • Continuing education, training, and professional development courses may be tailored to your organization's needs 

  • Didactic lecture, question and answer sessions, panel discussions, skill-based training, and other learning strategies are available 

  • Workshops, seminars, conferences, college lectures, community events, professional poster sessions, and other settings

Medication mistakes are one of the most common types of preventable medical errors. Lack of knowledge about medications harms patients, providers, and the economy. An estimated 1.3 million people are injured by medication errors each year in the U.S according to the FDA. Our goal is to reduce these preventable errors.  

As medication experts, most of our continuing education is centered on medications. A wide range of topics are available upon request.  Topics include:   

  • Medication Education from the Pharmacist. Can be specific to a medication, drug class, disease or illness treated with medications.

  • Pain Management, safe use of opioids in the general public and addicted patient populations 

  • Pharmacological Assisted Recovery: Guide to Medications Used in Substance Use Disorders​

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

  • Challenging StigmaAbout Medications 

  • Medications in the Workplace 

  • Medications of  Abuse

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatments

Course can be generalized or specific to a set of individuals, such as 

  • Geriatrics. Aging adults have different health needs and are more sensitive to certain medication 

  • Women. Gender in medicine, sex and gender differences in health, pregnancy, and hormone-biological factors 

Training Programs for Health Care Workers

  • In-service trainings for clinicians and healthcare workers to stay current about prescription medications

  • Can be specific to a patient population, class of medications, or disease-state / illness based on your request

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Training (APPE) Program​​

  • Provide 2,000 hours of clinical training each year to Doctor of Pharmacy students. Specialties: psychiatry, behavioral health, and addiction medicine

  • Our program may be used may be used for North American pharmacist licensure exam (NAPLEX) in all 50 states and the American territories

  • Main clinical site is Hope House Boston, an all-male, 95-bed ASAM level 3.1 facility with outpatient services and long-term residential care

  • Accepting students on a rolling basis from Northeastern Universityand Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Students at other schools of pharmacy are accepted and should have their college's administrative staff contact us directly allisonburns@endmassoverdose.org

Recovery Coach Academy - Coming soon! 

5-day intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

Offered onsite at your workplace or facility 

intervention

As a response to the growing opioid health crisis, our organization is offering opioid-targeted programs that provide Americans with the intervention tools to safely use medications, prevent opioid misuse, and save a life. This is our corporate citizenship promise. 

Did you know? 1 in 3 Americans knows someone addicted to opioids.  The leading cause of death for Americans under age 50 is drug overdose.  Over 72,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017 alone.

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (CDC, 2017). In Massachusetts, there were 1233 confirmed deaths in the first nine months of 2018 (MDPH Data Brief, 2018) Overdose deaths are preventable and can be prevented by you and other laypeople. Overdose prevention education is vital to the health and safety of the community. 

Opioid Rescue 

  • Traveling opioid education and overdose prevention program. Distributes naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits 

  • Authorized staff turn any public space, including community centers, schools, churches, and gyms, into a pharmacy without walls to bill insurance via HIPAA-secure electronic devices and dispense naloxone rescue kits directly in the community. 

  • Our public interest program is made possible through our partnership with Sullivan’s Pharmacy and Adapt Pharma 

 

Overdose Prevention and Narcan (Naloxone) Training

 

Every year about 10,000 people undergo naloxone training in Boston, Massachusetts.  As a local organization, we support Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh's initiatives to increase training and access to naloxone (Narcan).  

 

Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication used to reverse overdoses involving opioids, meaning heroin or even cocaine or other non-opioid drug that was laced with fentanyl. 

  • Learn about the opioid epidemic, how to recognize and respond to an overdose with nasal and intramuscular naloxone (Narcan)

  • Hands-on practice with naloxone demo kits. This hands-on approach to learning allows learners to assemble and hold naloxone in their hands so they know how to do it with confidence in an actual overdose 

  • Trainings are 60 to 90 minutes with a hands-on practice and question and answer session. Larger groups may take longer to train.

  • Offered onsite in your community, workplace, or facility 

Naloxone (Narcan) Training Certificate

  • Comprehensive 120-minute course 

  • Designed for individuals working with at-risk populations or professionals who may witness and need to respond to an overdose, including police officers, firefighters, teachers, social workers, athletic coaches, counselors, public housing staff, landlords, public event staff, and many more.  

treatment

End Mass Overdose’s treatment services provide integrative healthcare and utilize the pharmacist to optimize medication management, contain costs, and bridge gaps in care. 

Consulting Services

As the drug experts and medication dispensers, pharmacists play a key role in public health. Pharmacist consultation enhances provider accountability and promotes safe use of medication across transitions in care.  Services are tailored to the customer. Common services include:

  • Medication protocol, policy and procedure development 

  • Systems analysis and work flow improvement

  • ​Safety and quality assurance check, regulatory review, needs assessment 

  • Medication training for staff and education for patients 

Medication Management Services

Right patient, right medication, right dose, right time, right reason for use

 

Our cost-effective program improves health literacy, patient self-efficacy, and adherence.  We work with you to eliminate unnecessary medications and optimize the medications you need to prevent future health complications.

  • Medication reconciliation

  • Medication review and recommendation.  Evaluates each medication to make sure it is appropriate, effective, and safe for the individual. 

  • Medication safety assessment, , including drug-drug interactions, potential side effects, and allergies

  • Identification of medication-related issues: prioritize problem list, develop patient-specific action plan, intervene, and resolve 

  • Compliance monitoring and non-adherence root cause analysis of behavior 

  • Medication training for staff and medication education for patients ​

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