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SHELBY COUNTY, TN –This Saturday, April 24, 2021, the Street Team for Overdose Prevention (STOP) will provide street-level outreach on Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1070 Sycamore View Road, Memphis, 38134.
The Street Team for Overdose Prevention (S.T.O.P.) is an intervention collectively planned and implemented by community partners who make up the Shelby County Opioid Response Coalition. Member organizations of the coalition include the Shelby County Health Department, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, syringe service programs, navigation services, drug treatment centers, peer recovery programs, mental health providers, volunteers and community-based organizations. Each partner in the collaboration shares the common goal of reducing fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Shelby County.
S.T.O.P. will provide free food; free overdose reversal kits, called Naloxone, a medication that blocks opioids; treatment resources; and information about accessing syringe exchange programs. Treatment representatives will be available on-site to transport willing participants to immediate treatment. Social distancing will be observed at the event, and masks will be provided for anyone who needs one.
The event will also feature a drug take-back drop-off site. Community members may bring expired and unneeded prescription medications for proper disposal. Safe drug disposal is an important way to prevent prescription medications from falling into the wrong hands, potentially leading to overdoses.