We are passionate about:
1) Educating returning citizens on overdose prevention and equipping them to feel confident responding to an overdose.
2)Informing the general public about the flaws in the criminalization of addiction.
3) Training members of the general public to respond to an overdose.
WHO WE ARE
The Lookout Project is a non-profit organization recently founded in Washtenaw County by five students at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to provide education regarding overdose prevention, alongside Narcan®, to individuals that are being released from Michigan jails and prisons.
"When I was 13 years old, my birth mom spent several months in prison for drug possession. Immediately after she was released, she relapsed and died of a heroin overdose. Her name was Katie.
It wasn’t until college that I began to realize that her story is, unfortunately, staggeringly common. The Lookout Project is founded with her in mind."
-Victoria Garrow, Founding Member and Director of Research
RESPONSE TO COVID-19
While entering incarceration facilities is currently not feasible, we hope to prevent the increasing rates of overdose death by developing a video curriculum targeted towards overdose prevention during COVID-19. This curriculum will be free and accessible to individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), as well as their loved ones. One of our top priorities is making content that is accessible to all people. Thus, during the development of this curriculum we are being mindful of literacy levels and are also working to provide a video with Spanish audio and subtitles.