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

Want to Reduce Opioid Deaths? Get People the Medications They Need
(The New York Times)

This editorial compiles a variety of statistics and examples of responses when faced with pushback to MAT, but is also very effective in telling the story of the current climate around opioids. It ends with a final call to action: "Public health forecasts indicate that the opioid overdose epidemic might claim another 500,000 lives in the next decade. Many of those deaths could be avoided — if existing technologies would just be put to use."

View the full Network Digest from April 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.

  • Minority AIDS Initiative: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS (SAMHSA) Applications due Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Overdose Data to Action (CDC) Applications due May 2, 2019
  • First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (SAMHSA) Applications due Monday, May 6, 2019
  • Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program (HRSA) Applications due May 7, 2019
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program Paraprofessionals (HRSA) Applications due May 7, 2019
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program Professionals (HRSA) Applications due May 7, 2019
  • Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019

Announcements and Updates

California Hub and Spoke Training: Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder
Save the date for the California Hub and Spoke System's upcoming clinical skills training series, The Science and Practice of Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Click here to register.

Drug Enforcement Agency, Biannual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:
April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which occurs biannually in October and April. Drug take-back is one of the key strategies that many coalitions are implementing to lower opioid supply in their communities. For more resources and materials on Take-Back Day, visit the DEA's website, and check out a sample drug takeback resolution and drug disposal ordinance from Marin County.

Opioid Epidemic Toolkit for Local Health Departments:
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is collecting resources to support local opioid overdose prevention and response efforts. This toolkit classifies resources by the following five topic areas, providing links to relevant web pages and downloads of useful resources: monitoring and surveillance, prevention, harm reduction and response, linkage to care, stakeholder engagement and community partnerships.

Academic Detailing
Do you know healthcare professionals within your coalition or community that would be interested in receiving training to conduct Academic Detailing (FAQs) with providers or pharmacists around opioid stewardship and best practices? Contact Elizabeth Jones (Elizabeth.Jones@cdph.ca.gov) for more information, registration for this training closes on April 26.

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.