Grant Programs


Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s STOP initiative increases awareness and access to effective community-based opioid treatment and prevention. The STOP initiative will expand outcome- and evidence-based programs and community resources, identify the barriers to treatment and prevention, and disseminate effective community-based strategies and education around this public health epidemic.

STOP aims to address the opioid epidemic through the following activities:

  • Promote the utilization of prescription drug take-back sites in southeastern Pennsylvania to directly decrease access to prescription opioids across the five-county region
  • Support research in evidence based and emerging approaches in care coordination and treatment
  • Increase services and access to training for Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Award grant funding to effective community based treatment and prevention programs in southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Partner with nonprofit and academic stakeholders to identify gaps in preventative and treatment services.


Prescription drug take-back sites

Help prevent prescription drug abuse by disposing of unused prescription drugs. There are more than 100 prescription drug take-back locations in the five-county region where you can safely and properly discard medication.

Independence STOP Initiative

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Initiative is combatting the opioid epidemic through leveraging cross-sector collaboration, prevention, enabling community partners, and empowering nurses.