‘Project Lazarus’ Making Headway on Opioid Overdoses

Project Lazarus, a community-based opioid overdose prevention program, has dramatically cut overdose deaths in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It has been so successful it’s being rolled out statewide and implemented in military bases and tribal groups. Project leaders are consulting with leaders in other US communities seeking to develop their own programs.

Gil Kerlikowske, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, has called Project Lazarus a model for other communities.

The project was the focus of a presentation at the recent International Conference on Opioids, given by David M. Marks, PhD, from the Duke Pain Care Clinic, Durham, North Carolina, and James W. Finch, MD, president of the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine. More.*

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