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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.

California Coalitions Take On Opioid Safety

Opioids in the news

How America’s Prisons are Fueling the Opioid Epidemic (VOX – Mar. 13, 2018). Click here to find a link to this article and other top news on opioid safety in California and nationally. 

Upcoming webinars & events

Boots on the Ground: Strategies to Prevent Overdoses (webinar) Hosted by the California Opioid Safety Network.
Tuesday, June 5, 11:30AM - 1:00PM (register here)

Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (webinar) Hosted by the California Department of Public Health and the Harm Reduction Coalition. Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 2:30 PM - 4:00PM (register here)

Implementing Naloxone Distribution Systems (webinar) Hosted by the California Department of Public Health and the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Thursday, June 21, 2018, 10:00AM -11:30am (register here)

Announcements and Updates

Scholarships are available for primary care providers interested in attending a four-day addiction conference on medication assisted treatment in primary care, August 29 - September 1, hosted by the California Society of Addiction Medicine. The scholarship includes personal attention and mentorship throughout the conference and the following year for networking with other clinicians. Applications are due May 31 (Click here). Please share with primary care providers in your community. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative in FY 18.  Lake and Plumas were both identified in the top 220 counties hardest hit by this epidemic. See this release for details.

The state’s opioid overdose dashboard now breaks out deaths by fentanyl and lists the number on the dashboard home page. These are preliminary data, and may be updated over time. Downloadable state and county snapshot reports are also available. CHCF has prepared a short explainer, with graphics, on how to use the dashboard and easily create your county’s report.

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 klustig@healthleadership.org for more information.

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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.