Acacia Network and our partners are excited to announce that we have launched a website for our peer outreach harm reduction program, the Bronx Opioid Collective Impact Project. CLICK HERE to visit the new website!

Launched in 2018 by Acacia Network, the NY City Council through the Office of Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr., and the Third Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), the Bronx Opioid Collective Impact Project aims to address the growing opioid epidemic, reduce opioid-related fatalities, and increase community safety. It is comprised of a robust network of community-based partners and harm reduction agencies from different sectors, including: healthcare, business, public safety, managed care, labs and pharmacies, foundations, NYC agencies, faith-based organizations, and others. 
As part of the Bronx Opioid Collective's ongoing efforts, peer workers conduct regular outreach throughout the Bronx in the communities that are most affected by the opioid crisis by conducting syringe clean-ups, providing naloxone training to reduce incidents of overdose, and offering overdose prevention training, syringe exchanges, referrals to social services and health programs, as well as other resources.
Major Outcomes
Every year, the Bronx Opioid Collective hosts an annual Bronx Opioid Community Summit to convene leading healthcare service providers in order to discuss outcomes, progress, and highlights, and to establish best practices and outline steps.

Among the priorities established by partner agencies and community stakeholders, the Bronx Opioid Collective was tasked with developing a website that would capture our scope of work, our services, and our impact. We are pleased to announce that the website is now live at: bronxopioidcollective.org

Key outcomes for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 include:

  • The Bronx Opioid Collective’s Outreach events generated 130,000+ interactions;
  • Approximately 74,000 syringes were distributed during outreach events. Meanwhile, close to 12,000 used syringes were picked up;
  • More than 9,500 meals were distributed;
  • Close to 600 Narcan training sessions were provided;
  • Close to 32,000 Harm Reduction Items and Accessories distributed, including Safe Injection Accessories, Fentanyl Kits, Safe Smoking Pipes, Sniff Kits, Wound Kits, and Survival Bags.
  • Successfully identified and convened a multi-sectoral working group that meets bi-weekly to address the opioid epidemic in the Bronx;
  • Rolled out a pilot project at the Third Avenue HUB (146th Street and College Avenue), and began a second pilot in St. Mary’s to expand our outreach efforts;
  • Increased Peer involvement, outreach events and activities for the community and strengthened collaborations with CBOs;
  • Received support and donations of 200 coats that were distributed to the community from New York Cares Coat Drive, as well as a donation of 25,000 face coverings from the Department of Health and Human Services to support our outreach efforts and keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Increased access to trainings on harm reduction, customer service, effective communication skills, and administering naloxone (Narcan).
About the Bronx Opioid Collective Partners
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About Acacia Network
For over 50 years, Acacia Network and its affiliates have been committed to improving the quality-of-life and wellbeing of underserved communities in New York City and beyond. We are one of the largest Latino-led nonprofits in the nation, serving more than 150,000 individuals annually through integrated, trauma-informed services in the areas of health, housing, economic development, social services, and cultural revitalization. Our programs are based in New York City, Buffalo, Albany, and Syracuse in New York State, as well as Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico. Acacia Network’s extensive array of community-based services are fully integrated, bilingual and culturally competent. For more information, visit: www.acacianetwork.org