California Opioid Safety Network: Saving Lives, Together


California Opioid Safety Network: Saving Lives, Together

Opioids — either prescription medications or an illicit drug — present the most serious drug crisis the US has ever experienced. Nearly 2,000 Californians died last year from opioids, devastating families and communities across the state. All of us - doctors, pharmacists, parents, teachers, advocates, mental health providers, law enforcement, and others - have a role to play in combating this crisis.

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. Click here to learn more.

Opioids in the News

California Orders Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Available Without Prescription (The San Francisco Chronicle).
On June 7 the California Department of Public Health issued a statewide standing order for Naloxone which functions as a standing prescription that enables all California organizations that work to reduce or manage drug addiction to distribute naloxone to patients and members of the community. Click here to find a link to this article and other top news on opioid safety in California and nationally. 

California Coalitions Take On Opioid Safety

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Announcements and Updates

Funding Opportunity: Road to Resilience Partnerships Request for Applications (RFA): The California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) is pleased to announce the Road to Resilience Partnerships Request for Application (RFA) for fiscal years (FY) 2019-22. This RFA will award competitive grant funds to partnerships that, through interagency collaboration and integration of services, identify and serve pregnant women with known histories of substance use, pregnant women with current substance use, and mothers of substance-exposed infants (hereafter, the target population). Apply here. Click here for more information on their website.

New Webinar from Manatt and eHI on Best Practices for Exchanging Data on Opioid Use While Protecting Patient Privacy (register here): A new webinar from Manatt and the eHealth Initiative (eHI) examines health information technology’s role in sharing and protecting behavioral health data as all the healthcare players—from traditional plans and providers to emerging telehealth companies—join forces in response to the crisis. The session explores privacy and security issues in the context of the epidemic, explains the policies and regulations that hinder the sharing of sensitive patient data, and discusses how technology is affecting the use of behavioral health information.

California Improvement Network-Engaging Providers in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (recording): This archived webinar takes a deep dive into how to effectively engage care team members to integrate substance use disorder (SUD) services in primary care. Candy Stockton, MD, draws on her decade of experience in SUD treatment at Humboldt IPA to guide participants through various approaches to alcohol abuse treatment and MAT and how to effectively promote MAT, services to providers.

Addressing Opioid exposure in Pregnancy: Best Practices for Mothers and Newborns: As opioid abuse has soared, more pregnant woman are also using opioids, and more infants are diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Pregnant women often do not receive optimal diagnosis and treatment for their opioid use. The care of newborns with NAS often involves long hospital stays and separation from their mothers.This one-day conference highlighted a new approach, one that improves care for mother and newborns, and reduces a newborn’s hospital stay from an average of 30 days to just five. Watch videos from three of the speakers: Matthew Grossman, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine; Corey Waller, MD, principal with Health Management Associates and an addiction medicine specialist; Elliott Main, MD, medical director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative.

40 AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Work with California Opioid Safety 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 for more information.

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.