The overuse of prescription painkillers (opioids) is a significant 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.
Opioid safety coalitions bring together a broad group of stakeholders committed to decreasing opioid overuse and overdose deaths. Medical societies, public health, hospitals, addiction treatment, law enforcement, advocates, 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 coalitions in 24 counties across California. The map below shows active coalitions supported by CHCF technical assistance in California. Hover over each county for contact information and website, where available.