Opioid Rapid Response Team
ORRTs are specialized teams who can provide rapid, short term (28 days) support to jurisdictions experiencing spikes in opioid-related overdoses or the closure of a clinic where patients are prescribed opioid therapy. Teams provide support to public health partners while also working to build a jurisdiction’s long-term response capacity.
Rapid response teams include technical expertise in epidemiology, clinical provider outreach, communications, policy and partnerships, community outreach, and capacity-building. The size and makeup of teams can be tailored to the needs of the situation. The Public Health authority provides overall leadership for the response, while the ORRT provides technical assistance under the jurisdiction’s direction and authority.
Making a Difference
The opioid crisis is a national public health emergency, highlighting the urgent need for local, state, territorial, tribal, and federal agencies to collaborate on effective public health and prevention strategies to reduce opioid misuse and opioid-related harms. The CDC is leading efforts to reduce opioid overdoses through coordinated preparedness and response activities that link public health, law enforcement, and health care providers. ORRTs function at the local level and can help mitigate consequences of a pain clinic closure and reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality by identifying risks of harm and linking to appropriate clinical care and social services.