Who Are We?
The Sacramento County Opioid Coalition is a collaboration of healthcare professionals, community based organizations, law enforcement, county agencies, and concerned citizens determined to turn the tide of our local opioid epidemic. We are committed to saving lives by preventing overdoses through expanding treatment access, promoting safe disposal, encouraging early intervention, treatment and recovery, enhancing opioid surveillance, and expanding public education and media outreach.
What Does the Coalition Do?
The Sacramento County Opioid Coalition Members meet quarterly. Member feedback is crucial to the success of the coalition. During our meetings we discuss current projects, and future action. At each meeting we invite experts in their field to present and ignite discussion on emerging issues. Our Sub-Committees also meet and discuss their ongoing projects and plans.
Why Do We Need A Coalition?
Opioid Use Disorder affects everyone in Sacramento County. It will take all of us to make the difference. By gathering to discuss current issues, coordinating our goals, and making a collective plan we pool our expertise and resources into the most effective action. With our organizations working together, we have been able to make a much larger impact than if each individual organization had worked on their own.
Engaging the Medical Community and Overdose Prevention
- Develop and adopt Safe Prescribing Guidelines for local emergency departments and 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.
Early Intervention Treatment and Recovery
- Expand referral network of treatment providers.
- Increase the number of X-waivered physicians.
- 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.
Public Education and Media
- 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.
- 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.