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Recovery United to Launch Opiate Overdose Intervention Program at Three Boise-area Hospitals


Grant awarded by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation will support the
pilot program

Today, Recovery United, Inc. announced the launch of a pilot
intervention program at three Boise-area hospitals that will connect
patients who have experienced an opioid overdose to certified peer
recovery coaches. The program, which was supported by a $50,000 grant
from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, aims to fill voids in the
existing continuum of care by ensuring patients have access to critical
recovery resources and support after they leave the emergency room.

As part of the program, recovery coaches will work with identified
patients who have been admitted to the hospital through the emergency
room and connect them with treatment options, such as
medication-assisted treatment, which combines the use of medication with
counseling and behavioral therapies. Recovery coaches will also help
direct patients to free peer-based recovery support services, which
offer supportive environments that foster patient engagement and

Through the program, the nonprofit aims to help reduce accidental opioid
overdoses statewide and increase access to high-quality recovery support

"Recovery is not meant to be done alone, but rather, it requires a team
of people rallying around the individual and their family to inspire a
sense of hope that recovery is possible and that they are not alone on
their journey," said Monica Forbes, Administrator of Recovery United,
Inc. and a Peer Recovery Coach. "This pilot program will allow us to
immediately forge that connection between the individual and their
support system that they can then rely on throughout their entire

Recovery United is launching the program – "Emergency Department
Accidental Opiate Overdose Intervention" – in collaboration with the
Idaho Association of Recovery Community Centers, which is comprised of
Idaho's nine recovery community centers.

The program is a core component of the nonprofit's ongoing efforts to
prevent opioid overdoses and reduce stigma through education, advocacy
and free peer-based recovery support services. The stigma around opioid
misuse and even medication-assisted treatment can prohibit individuals
from seeking the necessary treatment.

"One critical component to addressing the nation's opioid crisis is
ensuring that people have access to resources and support throughout the
recovery process – especially as they transition out of a hospital,"
said Gina Clark, president of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. "We
actively look to support innovative solutions that eliminate barriers to
treatment and help reduce the stigma of opioid misuse. This pilot builds
a coordinated model that helps connect patients to the high-quality
support services they need."

As part of its commitment to combat opioid misuse, the AmerisourceBergen
Foundation partners with nonprofits at the local and national level –
including stakeholders across the health care continuum – to bolster
efforts that address the issue through safe disposal, education around
prevention and innovative solutions. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation
recently launched an Opioid
Resource Grant Program
that enables the organization to support and
advance ideas from innovative nonprofits, in an effort to redefine best
practices in the fight against the opioid epidemic. AmerisourceBergen's
regional Boise associate base is committed to helping the local
community, and is regularly working to support the accomplishments and
reach of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation within Idaho and beyond.

About Recovery United, Inc.

Recovery United, Inc. operates five of the nine Recovery Community
Centers across the state of Idaho. The hope is that this Recovery Coach
in the Emergency Room intervention pilot project will successfully be
implemented state-wide in an effort to save lives and increase supported
access to treatment and recovery support services.

About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit
charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen
Corporation to support health related causes that enrich the global
community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of
its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its
communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration,
the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide
resources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information,

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