In November 2022, the Office of the District Attorney implemented an Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) program.  

Coordinated by Detective Kim Lippincott, the OFR team meets every other month to review the lives of individuals who have succumbed to substance abuse and died from a fatal opioid overdose.  The OFR program seeks to review the circumstances surrounding the individual’s death, their life story, and interactions with law enforcement and other government agencies in an attempt to identify and implement programs and initiatives to better serve community members experiencing substance abuse disorder.

OFR programs throughout the country implement initiatives that help the community and achieve several different goals. Some initiatives that have been implemented across the country include harm reduction initiatives (fentanyl test strips, naloxbox program, narcan vending machines, etc.), stigma reduction initiatives (t-shirts, videos, commercials, and other advertising), and other initiatives such as leave behind items, like Narcan and resource pamphlets for non-fatal overdoses.

Overdose Fatality Review program stakeholders

The OFR program is a collaborative effort of multiple agencies and organizations, including:

Monroe County Office of the District Attorney

Monroe County Office of Probation

Monroe County Housing Authority

Monroe County Children and Youth Services

Monroe County Correctional Facility

Monroe County Coroner’s Office

Monroe County Veteran’s Affairs

Monroe County Commissioners

Monroe County Magisterial District Judges

Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department

Stroud Area Regional Police Department

Pennsylvania State Police

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton

Pocono Mountain Regional EMS

Suburban EMS

Carbon, Monroe, Pike Drug and Alcohol

Carbon, Monroe, Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services

Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono

St. Luke’s University Health Network

Community Care Behavioral Health

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

East Stroudsburg University

Pyramid Healthcare

Brookdale Recovery

Justin’s House for Men

Northbound and Company

Applegate Recovery

Pathstone Corporation

Primecare Medical

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