In response to the growing number opioid related overdose deaths in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (TAC) was developed by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy, Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) and funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to address the need for local coordination and mediate the growing number of overdose deaths.  The TAC was created as the first ever resource and technical assistance hub for all counties within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the provision of concierge-type and comprehensive supportive services.

The TAC began working with the Lackawanna Opioid Coalition in February 2017 and has assisted the coalition in their efforts towards “Eliminating overdose in Lackawanna County” by bridging the gap between public health and public safety to promote the health, safety, and well being of all residents.