Anchor MORE (Mobile Outreach Recovery Efforts) is Anchor’s statewide outreach initiative, in which peer recovery specialists go out into the community and talk with individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction. Interactions often lead to treatment and recovery support services such as 12-step meetings, detox, recovery housing, recovery coaching, and Anchor membership. This mobile effort reaches all 38 towns of Rhode Island.
AnchorMORE staff visit places in the community like:
- Soup kitchens
- Bus stations
- Needle exchanges
These efforts result in over 500 conversations in the community each month. AnchorMORE also provides distribution of naloxone (Narcan) and education of overdose prevention strategies.
Data collected includes:
- Fatal overdoses, non-fatal overdoses
- Narcan administrations via EMS
- Suboxone providers
- Methadone Clinics
- Community-based supports
- And more
Anchor MORE is also involved with the PVD Safe Stations initiative, which addresses the overdose epidemic in Providence by providing hassle-free and immediate access to supportive services. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people suffering from addiction can visit any of Providence’s 12 fire stations, speak with the trained staff on duty, and immediately get connected to treatment support and services.
Providence Safe Stations is based on the model from Manchester and Nashua, NH, which also experience high rates of opioid overdose deaths. The program is free and provides a welcoming environment for when you’re ready for recovery.
More information can be found at: pvdsafestations.com