Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Substance Abuse Prevention

Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP)

The Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP) established in 2016, aims to increase awareness around opioid use and prevent overdoses by developing strategies that impact behaviors driving opioid dependence and misuse.

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.

In Idaho during 2008, there were 154 drug-induced deaths and each year this number has increased. The current data reveals that in 2018, there were 272 drug-induced deaths and 27 of those occurred within Health District 6. (Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics – Idaho Mortality, February 2020)

As part of the Opioid Crisis, there are people living with chronic pain which can be devastating, and effective pain management is important to live a healthy life. It is essential people talk with their healthcare provider to discuss treatment options, carefully considering all of the risks and benefits. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and should be prescribed and used carefully.

For more information about the Drug Overdose Prevention Program or for treatment & support options, please visit the following resources:

Drug Overdose Prevention Program Coordinators:

Traci Lambson, 208-478-6316 or
Ashley Denney, 208-478-6315 or

Substance Abuse Prevention Downloads


Substance Abuse Prevention Links

  Idaho Drug Overdose Prevention Program
  Idaho Drug Overdose Prevention Program PREVENTION
  Signs and Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose
  CDC - Opioid Overdose
  CDC - Information for Patients
  CDC - Prevent Opioid Misuse
  Idaho 211
  Opioid Asset Map HD6