Oct. 26, 2021 – She is a devoted grandmother, a children’s church director and a regional overdose prevention specialist, giving out the same hope she once needed.

The ROPS program in Tennessee started in 2017 to train the public on opioid overdoses and help prevent overdoses through distribution of naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug.

From October 2017 through June 2021, the ROPS distributed more than 206,000 units of naloxone to those unable to afford it or access it through insurance at their local pharmacy.

“You’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it” is Hancock’s motto.

Hancock works as a ROPS at STARS Nashville, where she also works with the Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse program, an intensive outpatient treatment program for youth with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.


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