Post-Overdose Response Teams

What is this strategy?

Support post-overdose response teams that connect persons who have experienced non-fatal drug overdoses to addiction treatment, recovery support, harm reduction services, primary healthcare, or other services or supports they need to improve their health or well-being.

Why post-overdose response teams?

A post-overdose response team (PORT) is a program that follows up with a person who has recently overdosed, typically (e.g. within 24-72 hours of the overdose) to provide support, education, and connections to needed resources (e.g. naloxone). PORT programs are a great opportunity to build relationships with people who use drugs in your community and create connections to offer a variety of wraparound health and social services, even if that connection occurs at a later time. These programs can be a lifesaving touchpoint for people who are often marginalized by society.


  • Explore a how-to toolkit that describes how to design and implement a post-overdose response team in your community

Complete List of Resources

The following resources have been compiled by the NC Department of Health and Human Services to help local governments better understand this strategy.
The resources below are organized by level.

Jump to: Introductory Resources | Intermediate Resources Advanced Resources

Introductory Resources

NC Association of County Commissioners Webinar

A webinar that provides an overview of post-overdose response teams, establishing a post-overdose response team in your community, and a case-study of the Stanly County PORTs program

Intermediate Resources

Post-Overdose Response Team (PORT) Toolkit

A how-to toolkit that describes how to design and implement a post-overdose response team in your community

Advanced Resources

PORT Case Study: Wake County

View a North Carolina case study of post-overdose response teams

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For more information, contact opioidsettlement@dhhs.nc.gov 
or PORTNC@dhhs.nc.gov