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ECOP "Opioid Response" Publication Reissued

“Opioid Response” - a curated collection of resources designed to help Extension professionals play a stronger and more strategic role in addressing the opioid crisis - is now available in a flipping book format in the Extension Foundation’s publication library.

The resources were curated by the Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup (EOCRW), a task force created by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). More than three dozen Extension professionals and experts from across the US helped identify the resources referenced in the publication.

This publication includes information about:

  • the task force;
  • the findings of a nationwide survey of Extension Behavioral Health programming;
  • an extensive literature review on opioids and substance abuse;
  • Information about program models in the Extension system;
  • links to potential partners, networks, and grant opportunities; and
  • and the Extension Opioid Response Strategic Plan Report.

Dr. Mark Skidmore, Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University, served as the leader of this task force and is the publication’s editor.

Several additional titles have recently become available in the Extension Foundation library on topics including a Northeast ecosystems services assessment, DEI, Oklahoma State’s master irrigator program, creating mass media campaigns, game-based education, wellness in “tough times,” innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications here.

A note about our Publications:

After listening to the feedback of our Cooperative Extension partners, the new Publication bookshelf serves as a replacement for our old eFieldbook library. We greatly value and appreciate the feedback we received, including eliminating a LinkedIn login to access titles on the bookshelf. All titles are publicly available on our Connect Extension platform. Titles that were on our former eFieldbook bookshelf are in the process of being migrated.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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