Sacramento County Opioid Coalition is co-led by Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services, and Public Health in partnership with stakeholders, local substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, the health community, people in recovery and family members of those struggling with addiction. 

The abuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious and challenging public health problem. The epidemic of prescription pain medication and heroin deaths is devastating families and communities across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. In 2017, there were 61 opioid overdose deaths among Sacramento County residents. Over one million opioid prescriptions were dispensed to County residents in 2017, which equates to approximately one prescription for every two out of three residents. The CDC has identified addiction to prescription pain medication as the strongest risk factor for heroin addiction.


Engaging the Medical Community and Overdose Prevention Sub- Committee

  • Develop and adopt Safe Prescribing Guidelines for local emergency departments, primary care physicians to reduce the percentage of opioid naive patients that are prescribed opioids.
  • Research and promote availability of complementary pain management to healthcare insurers and providers.
  • Increase community access to naloxone.

Public Education and Media Sub-Committee

  • Educate community members about the dangers of opioid misuse.
  • Develop online resources for the public, providers, and patients and their families to access opioid use disorder treatment and alternative pain therapies.
  • Conduct outreach to stakeholders and policymakers on the local, state, and national levels regarding opioid issues.

Early Intervention Treatment and Recovery Sub-Committee

  • Expand referral network of substance use disorder prevention and treatment providers.
  • Increase the number of x-waivered physicians by 15% in Sacramento and El-Dorado Counties.
  • Increase availability of medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder.
  • Reduce stigma associated with opioid addiction.
  • Improve treatment/recovery outcomes by creating seamless transitions within levels of treatment.

Safe Disposal Sub-Committee

  • Educate the community on safe methods of medication disposal to protect the environment and avoid undue harm to others. 
  • Participate and educate the public about the national DEA Drug Take-Back days.
  • Create and help to pass county ordinances for medication disposal.


  • Aetna
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Alkermes Pharmaceutical
  • California Department of Justice Office
  • California Emergency Physicians
  • California Product Stewardship Council
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Child Protective Services
  • Community Mental Health Providers
  • Community Pharmacists
  • Congressman Ami Bera’s Office
  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui Representative
  • Dignity Health
  • Drug Enforcement Administration 
  • Emergency Nurses Association Board
  • GateKeeper Innovation (Safer Lock)
  • Harm Reduction Services
  • Healthnet of California
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mental Health Advisory Board
  • Mental Health America of Northern California
  • Oak Park Outreach
  • One Community Health
  • Public Members
  • Sacramento City Police Department
  • Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board
  • Sacramento County Counsel’s Office
  • Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
  • Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services
  • Sacramento County Environmental Management
  • Sacramento County Narcotic Treatment Programs
  • Sacramento County Pharmacy
  • Sacramento County Primary Health Services
  • Sacramento County Probation Department
  • Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office
  • Sacramento County Public Health
  • Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board
  • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sacramento County Waste Management
  • Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
  • Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
  • Sutter Health
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • University of California, Davis
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