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

Motorcycle Crash Shows Bioethicist The Dark Side Of Quitting Opioids Alone
(NPR, Fresh Air)

Author Travis Rieder, joined Terry Gross on Fresh Air to discuss his new book, In Pain, A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids. They talked about his struggle with tapering, the cost of opioids versus alternative pain therapies, and compared the response to prescription drug misuse versus the criminalization of heroin use. Click here to listen to the full interview or read the interview highlights.




We can't fight opioids by controlling demand alone
(The Washington Post)

In this article, Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and affiliated faculty member at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute compares Vancouver. B.C. and West Virginia’s policy response to the opioid epidemic. The two regions implemented two different unilateral approaches - one overwhelmingly limited the upstream supply of opioids, and another provided harm reduction services, yet their drug overdose death rates are nearly identical. Humphreys asserts that one cannot fully address the epidemic without the other. Both approaches are needed to save lives and create lasting change. Click here to read more.
View the full Network Digest from July 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

Announcements and Updates

New Indicators on California’s Opioid Dashboard
The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard has been updated with new indicators and data. It now includes morbidity and mortality indicators for “opioids combined with other drugs” and “other drug poisonings,” both for benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and cocaine. Full-year 2018 emergency department data are also available.

Revised Date for August Tribal MAT ECHO Clinic
The August Tribal MAT ECHO Clinic will be held on August 27 instead of August 20 to avoid conflicting with the DHCS Substance Use Disorder Statewide Conference. Click here to see the revised series flyer.


Integrating Harm Reduction into Opioid Safety Coalitions
Harm Reduction Coalition developed a 2-pager on principles, interventions, and strategies that coalitions can employ. Please distribute this resource among your partners and reference this language if you experience pushback to your coalition's harm reduction efforts.

Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) announced a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals.

Overcoming Objections to MAT
A short paper from the California Health Care Foundation, MAT for Opioid Use Disorder: Overcoming Objections, lists common objections and evidence-based responses.

Safe(r) Drug Use Information
Harm Reduction Coalition's 1-pager on safe(r) drug use includes strategies, safer injection practices, and information on skin and soft tissue infections.

Prevent opioid misuse
During his keynote address at the National Opioid Leadership Summit, the U.S. Surgeon General shared his postcard which outlines five key prevention strategies.

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.