The overuse of prescription opioids is a critical and growing public health problem. Nationwide, opioid-related deaths increased by 900% between 1970 and 2007, and rates in certain California regions are among the highest in the country. More than 2,000 Californians died of an opioid-overdose in 2014.
Opioid safety coalitions bring together a broad group of stakeholders committed to decreasing opioid overuse 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 communities. CHCF is providing technical assistance to 16 of these coalitions in 24 counties across California. The map below shows active coalitions statewide. Hover over each county for contact information and website, where available.