RIZE was created in 2017 with an ambitious mission to end opioid overdose. Guided by those with lived experience and unafraid of new ideas, RIZE invests in community partners who are using novel approaches to prevent overdose and treat addiction, serves as a neutral convenor and network-builder, and funds research that builds the evidence base. Learn how our work has improved the quality of life for people living with substance use disorder.
The number of overdose deaths nationally in 2021, the deadliest year on record
The number of people who die every day in Massachusetts from overdose
Our Areas of Impact
Ending the overdose crisis requires a comprehensive and flexible approach. No one policy or program alone is sufficient to address the magnitude of the crisis. We organize our work into three focus areas:
Investing in Community
Convening for Action
"Forward-thinking by RIZE Massachusetts helped support leading innovators like AHOPE to break the mold on overdose prevention and public health response.”
Traci Green, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at Rhode Island Hospital and co-author of The Bronze Age of Drug Checking: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Advanced Drug Checking Amidst Police Violence and COVID-19
"RIZE is the gravitation center of the conversation and work against OUD…using research, creating space for lived experience… thinking about being the voice and the convener more than the doer."
“My biggest takeaway from Together in Recovery was giving me—a person in long-term recovery—the opportunity to have my voice heard.”
– Julie Bunch, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery
The latest from RIZE
The Harm Reduction Training (HaRT) Scholars program provides paid internships for graduate level social work students from Boston College, Bridgewater State University, and Simmons University at harm reduction organizations. This broadens their understanding and knowledge to better prepare them to serve individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD).
BOSTON – RIZE Massachusetts, an independent nonprofit foundation working to end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, is deeply saddened by the latest state data on opioid-related deaths.
On December 14, 2021, RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, together with the National Harm Reduction Coalition and the Kraft Center for Community Health at MGH hosted a Learning Community: Harm Reduction. Housing. Hope.
Support Our Work
Contributing to RIZE’s growing fund that is dedicated to ending overdose amplifies the power and reach of your donation many times over, helping thousands of people and families across Massachusetts.