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

The Truth About Painkiller Addiction
(The Atlantic)

In this article, Salley Satel, a psychiatrist, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and the co-author of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, makes the case for primary prevention which reaches beyond monitoring overprescribing. She argues that policy makers and providers need to prioritize identifying those most vulnerable to substance use disorders such as those with childhood traumas or behavioral health conditions. For example, the article profiles a young man whose parents believed his substance use disorder to be rooted in a dental procedure and subsequent prescription, "yet when they learned the depth of their son’s unhappiness, they realized that the prescription was not the full problem." Satel urges, "the best time to correct course is now—while the opioid problem still commands public attention, and before the restrictions imposed at the height of the crisis harden into permanent practice." Read the full article.

View the full Network Digest from August 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.

  • Medication Assisted Treatment Access Points, Tribal MAT Infrastructure Support (Sierra Health Foundation) Applications due August 26, 2019
  • Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (CORE) project (PEW Charitable Trusts) Applications due August 30, 2019

Announcements and Updates

Campaign Launch: "Your Pain is Real. So Are the Risks."
The California Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of a public education campaign to increase awareness about the dangers of prescription opioids. The goal is to empower consumers to speak with health care providers about safer pain management options, seek treatment, and promote safe storage of prescription pain medications. The campaign includes public service announcements, a consumer-webpage:TheRisksAreReal.cdph.ca.gov, terraboosts, digital advertisements, and social media assets that connect consumers to helpful resources (i.e., naloxone and county-level treatment resources). Additionally, there is a campaign toolkit with materials to amplify campaign messages in local communities for California opioid safety coalitions. The toolkit includes a sample press release, print and social media assets, and talking points. We hope you see/hear the campaign messages in your community. If you want to reach out and let us know if you’ve seen/heard any messaging or provide feedback, please send an email to pdop@cdph.ca.gov. 

The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) Leadership Institute Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
This leadership development program is designed to help good behavioral health leaders become great leaders in the field of public behavioral health care. Approximately 30 participants will engage in a total of nine days of highly interactive training with nationally and internationally recognized faculty in September and March. For more information.

[Save the date] California Syringe Exchange Programs (CASEP) Conference
September 30-October 1, at The California Endowment in Oakland
This meeting is an opportunity to receive training, share resources, and build community within the California network of syringe services programs. This conference is for those building or running Syringe Services Programs (SSP) in California.

ADA National Network Learning Session: "Opioid Use Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act in Health Care Settings"
Webinar on Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Addiction to opioids and other substances has risen dramatically in recent years. How government and private entities view treatment of addiction to opioids and other substances has raised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns. In this session, hosted by PHI's Pacific ADA Center, two members of the ADA National Network will discuss how the ADA impacts persons with Opioid Use Disorders in a variety of health care settings. Registration closes at midnight, August 21, 2019

2020 Call for Applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health 
The Center for Health Leadership and Practice is currently seeking applications from multi-sector teams across the United States for the 9th National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) cohort. Since 2012, NLAPH has brought together teams of leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their own capacity in order to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity. Please see the NLAPH 2020 Program Flyer and NLAPH Program Page for additional details and information. All applications must be submitted by Friday, October 11, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. PDT.


California Buprenorphine Waivered Providers
Would you like access to a list of providers by zip code waivered to prescribe buprenorphine in California? Contact Amy Max (amax@healthleadership.org) for more information.

California MAT Expansion Project Launches New Website
Addiction Free CA serves as a separate yet complementary resource to the DHCS MAT Expansion Website and provides information about the full range of projects being implemented as part of this effort. Resources include a data dashboard, resource library, and treatment locator. 

Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Pain Pill Database
The Washington Post developed a database utilizing DEA data on every pain pill sold in the United States from 2006 to 2012. Check out the data for your county, follow theresponse from distributors, pharmacies and manufacturers, and watch Rachel Maddow's coverage of the data's release. 

Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings (SAMHSA)
This guide focuses on using medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in jails and prisons, and during the reentry process when justice-involved persons return to the community. It provides an overview of policies and evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of overdose and relapse.

Transitional Care Programs for Vulnerable Populations: New Evidence on the Benefits of a Person-Centered Approach (Better Care Playbook)
Better Care Playbook reported on a recent comparative effectiveness study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. It showed that a transitional care intervention which emphasized post-discharge services for patients with complex needs reduced some acute care costs and led to 42 percent fewer inpatient admissions over six months.

Alcohol and Drug School Curriculum
Some schools are using High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction, a new book from David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy (2008), and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (2008) for their alcohol and drug curriculum. High provides testimonials from peers who have had addiction and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one, along with the facts about what drugs and alcohol do to our bodies. Read more.

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.