Overdose deaths from opioids — either prescription medications or an illicit drug, such as heroin or fentanyl — present 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 increasing access to addiction treatment, decreasing opioid overuse, and reducing 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.

CHCF supports the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, a program of the Public Health Institute, to provide the coalitions with a forum for peer-to-peer learning, resources and best practices from the field as well as ongoing communications with news updates, webinar invitations, and other opportunities.