Health Providers can prevent over-prescribing of opioids.

“I want my pain patient to feel pain relief, but I do not want to enable their opioid misuse. What can I do?”

“I have a Medi-Cal patient who is addicted to heroin and has asked for treatment options for opioid use disorder. Where can I refer them?”

“As a primary care physician, I have a close relationship with many of my patients. Recently, I spoke with a pregnant patient, who came out to me about her opioid misuse. What options does she have for treatment?”

Get involved!

  • Request a training from Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services on local substance use disorder treatment options and how to help patients on Medi-Cal.

Email DHS-ADS@saccounty.net or call (916) 875-2035 for details.

The Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug services Advisory Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Sacramento County Human Assistance Department
2700 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821

Tools

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Encourage your colleagues to join the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition using the following materials:

Refer to Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Services for treatment and prevention options.

For an assessment, call (916) 874-9754 or go to 3321 Power Inn Road, Suite 120 Sacramento, CA 95826. 

Important Facts about Opioid Use Disorder

  • Opioids reduce the perception of pain but can also produce drowsiness, mental confusion, euphoria, nausea, constipation, and can depress respiration.
  • Symptoms of opioid use disorders include a strong desire for opioids, inability to control or reduce use, continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning, use of larger amounts over time, development of tolerance, and spending a great deal of time obtaining and using opioids.
  • Illegal opioid drugs, such as heroin and legally available pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone can cause serious health effects in those who misuse them.
  • The following are some withdrawal symptoms that occur after stopping or reducing opioid use: negative mood, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, diarrhea, fever, and insomnia.

Did you know?

4.2% of Sacramento County residents were prescribed opioids as of May 2018

 Source: Be Healthy Sacramento

There were 45 overdoses in Sacramento County in 2017​​

Source: California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard

There were 1,103,247 opioid prescriptions in Sacramento County in 2017

Source: California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard

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