Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS) are located throughout the state of Tennessee as a point of contact for training and education on opioid overdose and for overdose prevention through the distribution of naloxone. From October 2017 to February 2019, the ROPS distributed more than 35,000 units of naloxone with more than 14,000 of those units distributed to law enforcement. TDMHSAS has documented at least 2,000 lives saved because of naloxone distributed during that time. Because of stigma and other factors, the department believes the actual number of lives saved is much higher.
The ROPS have varied backgrounds, including peer nurses who are in recovery, paramedics, and Certified Peer Recovery Specialists. TDMHSAS has a total of 20 ROPS operating in 13 regional divisions across the state. Click this link for contact information.
Materials on this page are from the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.