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
Healey-Driscoll administration announces first-of-its-kind investment in overdose prevention helpline
The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced a partnership with Boston Medical Center and RIZE Massachusetts to fund and expand the Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline.
Foundations Support UMass Memorial Health Prescriber Training to Expand Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, in partnership with Reliant Foundation and RIZE Massachusetts, today announced $153,824 in combined grant support for a UMass Memorial Health project.
Harm reduction is a key part of substance use treatment, yet little is understood about the harm reduction workforce. To discover more about the harm reduction workforce, RIZE partnered with the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University to...
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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.