Welcome to SAFE Solutions! SAFE Solutions is a new comprehensive resource hub that serves as a one-stop-shop where community leaders can find the most relevant research, educational materials, innovative approaches, and best practice solutions to address the addiction epidemic.
What Makes SAFE Solutions Different
Many communities are doing great work to respond to this crisis and it’s not necessary to re-invent the wheel.Things are changing so quickly and there are so many innovative efforts that are being attempted that traditional research and information sharing practices are neither sufficient nor fast enough.
SAFE Project has built nationwide network of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts who help to inform the content that you see in the hub. This allows it to remain a living resource that continuously expands over time and incorporates new and cutting-edge ideas as they happen.
To be most effective, a response effort must be community centered. By sharing information and digital assets, we can help communities explore and identify solutions that might work best for them. As it grows, this tool will be filled with valuable information, strategy templates, educational tools and other resources that can be used freely by states or coalitions that are striving to address the many different challenges of the addiction epidemic.
To learn more about the background to this resource hub, see About SAFE Solutions
Who Should Use This Resource?
SAFE Solutions’ primary audience is community-based leaders working in prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services. However, the addiction epidemic is a multi-faceted problem that requires engagement from leaders across all sectors. Therefore, we invite stakeholders from non-profits, businesses, government, and philanthropy to utilize the resources contained in the hub and actively support their localized response.
There is no charge for using this resource hub. SAFE Solutions may reference tools that are not free, but the main purpose is to provide access to freely shared information and tools. This is intended to be non-commercial, like Wikipedia, but with more tangible resources to share beyond just information.
SAFE Solutions is a carefully-structured and continuously growing compilation of evidence-based strategies, innovative ideas, and lessons learned, and tools to help support understanding and implementation of plans to achieve positive change. When implemented in parallel and as a coordinated effort, these strategies can help communities make faster and more successful progress in achieving the important outcomes we hope to see: less people dying of overdoses, more people in successful recovery, and vibrant communities with hope.
If you have expertise, information, or anything you can share that will help others, we invite you to contribute! SAFE Solutions is about sharing tools that work for communities and is only as valuable as those who participate and contribute. To share tools that have worked in your community so another community can benefit from your experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFE Solutions is based on the thinking that there is no silver-bullet intervention that will solve this crisis, but rather that a robust, multi-faceted strategy is needed to simultaneously address as many factors as practical and use as many available resources that can be harnessed to implement that strategy.
If you are a coalition just getting started, start with SAFE Project’s Community Playbook and the strategies contained in the SAFE Solutions System Building section.
If you are a more advanced coalition looking to jump right into the strategies, you may choose to view the strategies filter by Outcome (which offers ideas for an integrated approach) or filtered by the continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery).