Overdose Prevention Project 

In response to a record number of fatal overdose deaths in Portland in 2002, the Public Health Division began the Overdose Prevention Project in January 2003. The program was designed to approach the issue of accidental overdose from a public health perspective. Our target population is comprised of individuals who have traditionally been the most vulnerable and under served populations within our community. These are often people who are experiencing homelessness and many often consistently deal with issues such as poor health, mental illness, and substance use disorder and are subsequently marginalized. We hope to help restore basic human dignity to those who are suffering with the disease of addiction while empowering them to seek solutions and improve their overall health and welfare.

If you are interested in learning more about our Overdose Prevention Project Task Force, please contact Bridget Rauscher at bridget.rauscher@portlandmaine.gov or 207-874-8798.

Programs & Activities Available


Educational workshops


  • Staff trainings
  • Presentations for youth
  • Information about treatment options
  • Recovery information
  • Call 911 wallet cards and posters
  • Harm reduction training
If you have questions or would like us to present at your workplace, please contact Bridget Rauscher at bridget.rauscher@portlandmaine.gov or 207-874-8798

Mission Statement


The purpose of the Overdose Prevention Project is to promote the health of all individuals in the Portland community by providing support, outreach, education and advocacy through positive collaborations and partnerships.