About ORRS

Individuals, aged 18 or over and living in Boone, Hancock, Monroe, Dearborn, or Madison counties of Indiana, are invited to join the ORRS network of emergency responders and receive free training to administer Naloxone.

The Opioid Rapid Response System (ORRS) responds to the opioid pandemic in Indiana and across the nation by developing an effective procedure for reducing deaths from opioid overdoses and emergency response system costs. Overdose events require a rapid response, which is often not available through standard emergency procedures. ORRS is a program for using advanced technology and public health theory for recruiting, training, and linking citizen responders to these events so they can administer lifesaving Naloxone/Narcan.

This project is a collaborative initiative between Prevention Insights and Real Prevention LLC to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of the Opioid Rapid Response System (ORRS) in order to reduce deaths and strain on emergency response systems from opioid overdoses.

Opioid overdoses exact a tremendous cost in lives and expenditures due to incredible strain on emergency response systems. Naloxone has been developed to counteract overdoses. However, the nature of these events requires a rapid response, a situation that challenges emergency responders in both lightly populated rural areas as well as densely populated urban communities.

PulsePoint has developed an app with the potential to obviate both concerns by linking responders to events through the 911 system. PulsePoint is already in place in 4,000 communities throughout the U.S. However, the app cannot accomplish these goals without being used by a large number of citizen responders who are both able to administer life-saving Naloxone and confident in their ability to do so.

This project is designed to develop both online and face-to-face training to enable users to use the PulsePoint App, safely respond to calls, and administer Naloxone.

Press Coverage:

We should look to Naloxone as one of the primary interventions to help stem the opioid crisis. Using Naloxone helps prevent fatal overdoses, which in turn allows more time for health care professionals to assist those in need of intervention.

Boone County Jail Commander, Capt. Tim Turner