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 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 through outreach.
What Does the Coalition Do?
The Sacramento County Opioid Coalition Members meet quarterly. During our meetings we discuss current projects and future action, member feedback is crucial to the success of the coalition. At each meeting we invite experts in their field to present and ignite discussion on emerging issues.
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 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
- Increase community access to Naloxone.
- Develop and adopt Safe Prescribing Guidelines for local emergency departments and primary care physicians in order to reduce the percentage of opioid naive patients who are prescribed opioids.
- Research and promote availability of complementary pain management to healthcare insurers and providers.
Early Intervention Treatment and Recovery
- Expand the referral network of treatment providers.
- Improve treatment and recovery outcomes by creating seamless transitions within levels of treatment.
- Increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
- Reduce stigma associated with addiction and substance use disorder.
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 accidental harm to others.
- Participate and educate the public about national DEA Drug Take-Back days.
- Create and help to pass county ordinances for appropriate medication disposal.