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Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) hosted an event on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day and to remember those who have lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses.

The memorial was hosted at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library at 685 Tremont St. and at BHCHP’s main building, the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT), at 780 Albany St. SPOT is able to provide emergency medical support to those in need and at risk of overdose.

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Dr Jessie Gaeta BHCHP Chief Medical Officer MassChallenge PULSE

"We need to speed up the search for innovative solutions that reduce overdose deaths. We are seeking startups with digital solutions." Join Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in their Cybersecurity, Opioid Abuse Support and Prevention, Patient Communication and
Patient Flow Challenges!

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The Kraft Center of Community Health

In collaboration with Boston Healthcare Program for the Homeless, the City of Boston, the Hearst Foundation, the GE Foundation and Ford Motor Company, the Kraft Center for Community Health will pilot a mobile addiction and primary care van. The mobile van will focus on hotspots for opioid use and overdose to stabilize individuals, initiate and continue treatment and link them with long-term, community-based care.

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t3: Changing the Conversation

Host Jeff Olivet visits Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program where they are working to prevent drug overdose and support treatment and recovery. His honest conversations with a person in treatment and a nurse and doctor bring to light some of the real, day-to-day issues of the opioid epidemic.

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In Cambridge, a woman named Kristin sits down on a stone bench to talk about a common, but rarely discussed injury during the opioid epidemic: rape.

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 Overdose Awareness Day BHCHP #StoriesNotStigma
Jamaica Plain News

Chalk messages seen Thursday outside the Jackson Square MBTA station (above) and by the boathouse at Jamaica Pond (below) mention a person’s first name, their age and something special about them.

They include messages referring to people like Justin, 34, who was “awesome and good looking. Forever missed and loved.” Another refers to Julie Ann, who was 34 and was “adventurous and silly. Mother of one, loved by many.”

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Overdose Awareness Day StoriesNotStigma Bostno Health Care for the Homeless Program fatal Overdoses have almost tripled in Boston since 2011

For Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, BHCHP launched, a page with education and resources on the opioid epidemic. The page will remain up year-round to inform and assist those in need.

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Backpacks for kids
Wicked Local Dover

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of backpacks will be making their way to less fortunate children around Boston and Metrowest, including to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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Too often, homeless people receive medical treatment only after an emergency. Hospitals and medical schools are trying to change that.

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Pete Earley

Author Pete Earley shares some of his recommendations for books focusing on mental illness, including Stories from the Shadows by Dr. Jim O'Connell.

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