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Dates set for free First Responder Training: Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE)

July 7, 2021 Tags: STEAM

Free Statewide First Responder Training: Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) will be held in-person at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness, Room 213/214 at Saint Francis University to provide an understanding of community services and interventions to reduce opioid use and prevent overdose deaths in their community. 

The Saint Francis University’s Department of Public Health and Graduate Health Sciences in partnership with Cambria County Drug Coalition will host the SCOPE Training (Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts) on campus in Loretto.

SCOPE, housed in the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, is a grant-funded initiative through the Pennsylvania Department of Health to train first responders as a means to further support the eradication of the opioid epidemic.  

Saint Francis University has been selected as the "northern Cambria training site"  and will host three separate; 4-hour training sessions.  


July 14, 2021               8:00 am  to   12:00  pm   presentation      

August 5, 2021            1:00 pm   to    5:00   pm   presentation      

Sept  14, 2021             6:00 pm   to   10:00 pm  presentation      


Location:  DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness, Room 213/214; Saint Francis University, 108 Franciscan Way, Loretto, PA 15940



The University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, Program Evaluation and Research Unit (Pitt PERU) is engaged with the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct Strategies to Coordinate Overdose Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) training for first responders in a 33-county catchment area throughout Pennsylvania.

This project is focused on anyone involved in the first responder community (law enforcement, fire, EMS, PSAPs, search and rescue, dispatch, first aid, 911, etc.) with the goal of identifying patients who are in need of substance use disorder treatment, overdose crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care as well as providing first responders with resources, strategies, and tools to implement expanded services. In this introductory course, we explore:

  • Substance use disorder

  • Trauma

  • Recovery-oriented systems of care

  • Naloxone leave behind practices

  • Stigma impact

  • Local drug and alcohol resources

  • Motivational interviewing

The training is approved for 4 hours of EMS and Law Enforcement continuing education credits. Additionally, first responder agencies may receive reimbursement of $200 per individual for attending training between June 1-September 24, 2021 as long as there is a minimum of 15 attendees per training.

To register:

Visit to find out more about the project.

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