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
Building Inclusive Networks
"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
RIZE Massachusetts today announced that it has awarded more than $253,000 in grants for three innovative projects that address existing and emerging factors contributing to the overdose crisis and improve access and equity in substance use treatment services.
RIZE Massachusetts, an independent nonprofit foundation solely dedicated to funding and creating solutions to end the overdose crisis in Massachusetts, is somewhat encouraged by the slight downward trend in the state’s latest report on overdose deaths.
In January, The Kraft Center for Community Health at Mass General Brigham and RIZE hosted Community Care in Reach 2024, a virtual conference on mobilizing addiction services. The conference featured multiple sessions focused on topics including how to launch a mobile...
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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.