Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR)

04/15/15  Portland, Ore.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The one year program will fund efforts that will focus on preventing opioid overdose in rural areas.

Opioid overdoses are an increasing problem throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every day in the United States 120 people die as a result of drug overdose and 51.8 percent of those overdoses are related to pharmaceuticals. Of that 51.8 percent, 71.3 percent involved opioid pain relievers. People in rural communities are especially vulnerable and more likely to overdose on prescription painkillers than people in cities, according to the CDC. In response to the nation-wide problem, on June 19, 2014, the Office of National Drug Control Policy convened the White House Summit on the Opioid Epidemic and Congress appropriated funds to the existing Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) program line to specifically focus on opioid overdose.

FORHP is committed to addressing the increase of opioid overdoses in rural areas. The purpose of the ROOR program is to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of Naloxone and emergency devices used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. The training of licensed healthcare providers and emergency responders on the use of the device will also be conducted through this program. FORHP plans to award funding to up to 18 rural partnerships for one year for up to $100,000.

Eligible applicants include community partnerships comprised of local emergency responders, and other local non-profit and for-profit entities involved in the prevention and treatment of opioid overdoses. The lead applicant organization must be located in a rural area or in a rural census tract of an urban county, and all services must be provided in a rural county or census tract (please click here to determine rural eligibility).

FORHP will hold a technical assistance webinar on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to assist applicants in preparing their applications. The technical assistance webinar is open to the public. The toll-free call-in number (for audio) is 877-917-1550, and the passcode is 5276714. The URL (for the web) is:

To learn more about applying for the FY15 Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (HRSA-15-146), please visit and look under the “application package” tab. The deadline to apply is June 8, 2015, and the program contact is Michele Gibson, or 301-443-7320.