THRA's Overdose Prevention Services is a mobile-and-street-based outreach team serving people at risk of opioid overdose in the metropolitan Austin area. We also operate a drop-in center. We provide the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone to people who use drugs as well as direct linkage to medication-based treatment for opioid use disorders upon request.
Our outreach team is composed entirely of people with lived experience of opioid use disorders and recovery; each team member has years of experience successfully delivering person-centered harm reduction services alongside drug-using communities.
Austin OPS is made possible by a state grant administered through the University of Texas - San Antonio.
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Other services offered at THRA
In addition to offering Narcan and linkage to medication assisted treatment we also offer various kits depending on your needs:
2021 Programming Objectives
Provision of/training on naloxone (Intranasal/Intramuscular doses)
Targeted outreach to areas, participants, & communities without access to similar, established services
Culturally aware, peer-based education & training provided during each encounter
Managed cache of overdose reversal medication provided on needs-based basis
Overdose prevention & safer drug use education
Provide safer drug use education and literature during outreach
Identify community 'gatekeepers' and secondary educators to expand reach of drug use safety education
THRA offers recovery coaching for our participants on medication-assisted treatment (MAT). We like to help people define their own recovery and help them develop the tools they need to have an active role in their recovery.
Assertive linkage & referral to pharmacological OUD treatments
Provide on-demand, direct linkage to partnered providers of medication-based opioid use disorder treatments using treatment slots paid for by Austin OPS
(based on need)
Offer multiple options for no-cost transportation to medical appointments according to individual participant need