Who are we?

We are a network of coalitions fighting the opioid epidemic in our communities. We believe that by working together, we can lower the supply of opioids, promote recovery from addiction, and prevent unnecessary deaths. The Network offers a forum for all coalitions, organizations and individuals working to combat the opioid crisis.

Opioids in the News

Naloxone Has Made Overdosing Less Terrifying
(The Atlantic)

According to the DOPE Project, a program run by the Harm Reduction coalition, in 2018, San Francisco paramedics reversed roughly the same amount of overdoses with naloxone as laypeople, primarily people who use drugs. This article shares stories from people who use drugs in San Francisco, witness overdoses regularly, and are the "life-saving, Narcan-wielding heroes in this story". 

Pregnant women with substance use disorders need treatment, not prison

Since the 1970s, more than 1,000 women in the United States have been incarcerated solely for substance use during pregnancy. This article explores how this practice persists and negatively affects both women and their children. Studies have informed effective treatment methods specifically for women during pregnancy and parenting, though residential treatment for women and their children is available in less than half of California's 58 counties. 
View the full Network Digest from June 2019. 

Recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Serve in Local Coalitions

Coalitions: AmeriCorps VISTA is recruiting and hiring up to 40 people to be placed in California opioid safety coalitions. These full-time VISTA members can support coalitions in a range of capacities, including project management, preparing materials, outreach and materials development, or other duties as defined by coalition leadership. If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorp VISTA member, or want to help recruit VISTA members in your community, please click here or email klustig@healthleadership.org for more information.

California Coalitions Take On Opioid Safety

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Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.

  • Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant (BJA) Applications due July 26, 2019
  • Expansion of Practitioner Education (SAMHSA) Applications due August 2, 2019
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grant (SAMHSA) Applications due August 6, 2019
  • Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (SAMHSA) Applications due August 16, 2019

Upcoming Conferences

Public Health Institute’s National Opioid Leadership Summit
June 25, 2019 in Sacramento
Join the U.S. Surgeon General and speakers from the CDC, the U.S. HHS, DOJ and many more, for a daylong, solutions-based summit.  Learn about, share and collaborate on real solutions to the opioid crisis that bridge the criminal justice, health care and public health sectors, including what’s working on the local level, successful models and policies that can be tailored to fit your community, and barriers to bringing proven interventions to scale. Register now.

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Statewide Conference
August 20-22, 2019 in Long Beach
The DHCS SUD Statewide Conference is an opportunity to network and learn about the important issues and trends affecting SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery. The conference program balances valuable workshops and sessions for county leaders, SUD treatment providers, counselors, prevention groups, SUD researchers and academics, SUD policymakers and advocates, community organizations, and those in recovery. Register now.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine Addiction Medicine Review Course and Exam Preparation Track
September 4-7, 2019 in Anaheim
The CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course & Board Examination Preparation Track is an overview of addiction medicine fundamentals for clinicians to enhance their clinical practice and prepare for the board exam. Earn up to 28.75 AMA/PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for the Review Course, Board Exam Preparation Track and Pre-Conference Workshops. Early bird registration closes June 13. Register now.

Announcements and Updates

Buprenorphine (Bup) Hospital Quick Start 
The California Bridge Buprenorphine Guide provides a practical framework for the use of buprenorphine as an effective short-term treatment for pain and opioid withdrawal, and a bridge to long-term treatment of opioid use disorder.

CDC Syringe Services Programs Resources
The CDC released a suite of materials highlighting the safety and effectiveness of syringe services programs (SSPs) to combat the infectious disease consequences of the opioid crisis. These materials include summary sheetsfact sheets, an infographic, and frequently asked questions and answers about SSPs. 

Opioid Safe Hospital Designation (California Hospital Compare)
This fall, Cal Hospital Compare (CHC) will designate select hospitals as Opioid Safe for the purpose of supporting continued quality improvement and recognizing hospitals for their contributions fighting the epidemic. CHC along with other partners will publicly recognize hospitals designated as Opioid Safe. CHC will measure opioid safety using a standardized self-assessment tool annually over a three-year period. To accelerate progress, CHC will also offer an annual, complimentary 5-part webinar series designed to leverage peer learning and support continuous quality improvement. The next webinar is on July 10, click here to learn more. 

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Report
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force's pain management guidelines provide recommendations for various clinical disciplines, educators, researchers, administrators, legislators, and other key stakeholders. Among their recommendations are to lead with individualized, patient-centered, and multidisciplinary approaches to care. 

The California Substance Use Line is a free, 24/7 teleconsultation service for California physicians, nurses, and other clinicians with questions about substance use treatment. It is staffed by experienced physicians and pharmacists who can answer confidential questions about substance use evaluation and management, including medications to treat opioid use disorder. The line is open to any clinician in California and is a collaboration between the Clinician Consultation Center and the California Poison Control System. Open 24/7: (844) 326-2626. Learn more about services offered through the substance line. 

Visualizing the Opioid Epidemic
This article includes ten recommendations for improving data-driven communication about the opioid epidemic. Click here to read the article or summary, and watch an accompanying video.

With generous support from the California Health Care Foundation, the California Opioid Safety Network is a program of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute.