Stacie Brown has been working with individuals with SUDs since 2013.
She started as a Certified Recovery Specialist at Onala Recovery Center
and soon became a Certified Family Recovery Specialist as well. At Onala,
her responsibilities ranged from assisting individuals with accessing
treatment (MAT, Detox, In/Out Patient), providing resources to them and
their families, coordinating services, and navigating the social service
system. During that time, she gained immense knowledge about addiction,
stigma, and harm reduction. She became a volunteer for Prevention Point
Pittsburgh in 2016/2017 under the supervision of Alice Bell and Ron
Johnson and began conducting naloxone trainings for the Onala
community. In 2017, she expanded that training to include family members,
Allegheny County D&A providers, and any other interested participant. By
the end of 2017, she had trained over 600 individuals on how to respond to
an overdose and administer Narcan.
Early in 2019, she joined the Allegheny County Health Department within
the Overdose Prevention Program as the Opioid Response Outreach
Coordinator. There, she is responsible for monitoring and tracking Narcan
distribution for Allegheny County as well as providing educational trainings
on overdose prevention. Recently, she has begun to focus more on linkage
to care and education around stigma and harm reduction.
Stacie is a woman in long-term recovery with a personal connection to
Narcan. She is dedicated to helping others through this epidemic.