Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and RX Safe Humboldt Launch New Anti-Opioid Campaign
Redheaded Blackbelt - 07/06/2018
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and RX Safe Humboldt launched a new anti-opioid campaign titled “Heroin in your Home: The Danger Within Your Cabinet”. As part of this new campaign, the Sheriff’s Office has installed a new medication disposal bin and is promoting others around the county.
Humboldt County Superior Court and Yurok Tribal Court Partner to Assist Families in Substance Abuse Related Cases
Lost Coast Outpost - 07/06/2018
As a response to the opioid epidemic in Humboldt County, the Yurok Tribal Court and the Superior Court of Humboldt are introducing a Family Wellness Court aimed to assist parents struggling to care for their children due to substance abuse.
As Ventura County's Opioid Problems Rise, Cops Carry Life-Saving Spray for Public, Selves
Ventura County Star - 07/05/2018
With opioid deaths on the rise in Ventura County, patrol officers are encountering more overdose victims and risking contact with potentially deadly substances. Now they are carrying Narcan as a preventative measure to reverse the overdoses of citizens and to protect themselves from an overdose.
Substance Abuse Treatment Gets Boost From San Diego County
KBPS - 07/04/2018
San Diego County has begun implementing the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System. This means more federal Medicaid funds to enhance substance abuse treatment services. Spending in this area will go from $54.6 million to $179.6 million over the next three years.
San Francisco may be the First City in the Nation to Open Safe Injection Sites
KALW - 07/02/2018
San Francisco is on verge of opening the first safe-injection sites in the Nation, even though they are still illegal under state and federal law. Mayor-elect London Breed has voiced her support for the program.
San Francisco Takes Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder to the Streets
California Health Report - 06/28/2018
San Francisco announced a $6 million investment to expand a yearlong pilot program that connected close to 100 people who are homeless and dealing with heroin and opioid addiction with access to buprenorphine and other services. About a quarter of the participants had previously started on buprenorphine but were not in treatment when the pilot started.
Two Alameda County sheriff’s Investigators Survive Potentially Lethal Fentanyl Exposure
San Francisco Chronicle - 06/26/2018
Two undercover Alameda County sheriff’s investigators survived what could have been a fatal overdose of fentanyl last week following an accidental exposure while on duty. The officers used Narcan to save themselves from overdosing.
More California Pharmacies to Distribute Opioid Overdose Drug
San Francisco Chronicle - 07/06/2018
A month after the California Department of Public Health issued a statewide standing order for naloxone, the agency has authorized 27 organizations across the state, mostly pharmacies and addiction treatment centers, to distribute and administer the medication without a prescription.
Opioid Drugs to Treat Opioid Addiction? It's Part of a Treatment Plan at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage
Desert Sun - 07/02/2018
Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage has added medications to their opioid treatment program in an attempt to improve patient outcomes. Roughly 82 percent of the center’s patients who are receiving medication-assisted treatment are successful at self-management at six-months.
With More Opioid Use, People Are More Likely To Get Caught Up In The Justice System
NPR - 07/06/2018
People addicted to prescription opioids or heroin are far more likely to have run-ins with the law than those who don't use opioids, according to a study published in JAMA. About 65 percent of people who are incarcerated are known to have a substance use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Illinois Seeks to Expand Obamacare Coverage of Opioid Addiction Treatment, Prevention
Chicago Tribune - 07/05/2018
Illinois has applied for assistance from the federal government for consumers who buy health insurance through the Obamacare exchange to get more coverage aimed at treating and preventing opioid addiction, starting in 2020.
Pill Designed to Help Opioid Addicts Now Poses Risk to Children
Healthline - 07/05/2018
Buprenorphine is an essential drug in the fight against opioid addiction, but its increased presence in people's homes has brought more exposure of the drug to young children, who are susceptible to overdose if they ingest the drug. Experts say greater education and focus on safe-storage of the drug is needed.
Needle Exchanges, Once Radical, Need An Update To Survive In Rural America
Huffington Post - 07/03/2018
Kanawha County was identified as one of the U.S. counties most vulnerable to an HIV outbreak among injection drug users, something their public health officer was striving to avoid. The public health department got a syringe exchange up and running, but two years later it had it close it down due to mounting public pressure.
Research and Reports
Methadone in Primary Care — One Small Step for Congress, One Giant Leap for Addiction Treatment
New England Journal of Medicine - 07/05/2018
With treatment out of reach for many of those most affected by the opioid epidemic, making Methadone available for prescription in primary care clinics would be a simple and positive move to increase access to this effective treatment. Specialized Methadone clinics often face tough regulations, and allowing substance use disorder to be treated in primary care may help remove those barriers, and reduce public stigma.