Sacramento County Public Health and Alcohol and Drug Services began meeting in Fall 2015 to plan the launch of our coalition.
First coalition meeting was in February 2016 with approximately 80 stakeholders from multiple sectors represented.
Developed Sacramento County Opioid Prescription Drug Monitoring Surveillance Report.
Educated over 500 physicians on safe prescribing practices.
Sacramento County Public Health received a grant from the California Department of Public Health for 2,900 doses (1,450 2-dose kits) of Naloxone nasal spray, an opioid overdose reversal drug, for distribution to local entities with Naloxone Distribution Programs. Naloxone kits were allocated to law enforcement, Harm Reduction Services (HRS), and Safer Alternatives thru Networking & Education (SANE).
Increased safe disposal kiosks and drug take-back events.
Early intervention and treatment resource lists shared with 211 and distributed to law enforcement, emergency departments, and community service providers.
Expanded and increased the use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
Surveyed 34 x-waivered physicians on attitudes and barriers towards buprenorphine prescriptions.
Surveyed 92 pharmacies on availability and knowledge of Naloxone.
Received the California Department of Public Health Opioid Coalition Grant for 2017 – 2019.
“Sacramento County Opioid Task Force” name changed to “Sacramento County Opioid Coalition.”
Distributed the “Got Pain, There is No Magic Pill” campaign flyers to provider offices and pharmacies.
Increased training on local treatment resources and educated various stakeholder groups on types of treatments available.
Joined the California Opioid Safety Network Accelerator Program.
Applied for and was granted an AmeriCorps VISTA member to support the Coalition’s leadership and build the capacity needed to ensure that the Coalition’s activities continue to curb the epidemic.
Established social media presence by creating a website, Facebook, and Twitter account.
Created a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) handout describing different FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder and MAT providers in Sacramento County.
The coalition collaborated with local government agencies, schools, and non-profits to organize the Sacramento Opioid Awareness Summit where healthcare professionals, treatment and prevention experts, educators, students, and law enforcement came together to discuss the prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts being undertaken to combat this growing public health crisis.