Overdose death from an opioid — either a prescription medication or an illicit drug, such as heroin or fentanyl — is the most serious drug crisis the US has ever experienced. Certain regions of California have death rates approaching the highest in the country. Nearly 2,000 Californians died of an opioid overdose in 2016.
Local opioid safety coalitions bring together a broad group of community stakeholders committed to decreasing opioid use and overdose deaths. Advocates and community leaders from public health, hospitals, addiction treatment, medical societies, law enforcement, health plans, and others come together to find creative ways to solve the opioid epidemic in their areas.
The map below shows active coalitions statewide. Hover over each county for contact information and a website, where available. CHCF supports a program of training and technical assistance to accelerate the impact of these coalitions, through the Public Health Institute's Center for Health Leadership and Practice. Learn more about coalition successes.