Together, We Can Save Lives

There are many ways you can join our coalition and help save lives. 

“My elderly mother was taken off of her pain medications. What other optiosn does she have for pain management?”

“My grandpa has struggled with depression since he was a young man in the military. My grandma is worried because he recently told her that she would be better off without him. I know he has many prescriptions in his home. I’m worried he might try to hurt himself–what can I do?”

“I am 65 years old and want to know where I can get help for the pain caused by my arthritis. Where can I go to get help?”

Get Involved

  • Attend a Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition meeting or join a sub-committee.
  • Request to provide a testimony for upcoming Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drug Services public speaking events.
    • If you are interested in providing a testimony for the Contra County Alcohol and Other Drug Services, please email:
  • Contact the Board of Supervisors to share your concerns related to opioid overdoses, learn about the local impact of substance use disorders, and discover our community needs.
  • Attend or join the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Drug Services Advisory Board meetings to share your concerns and learn more about the current work being done on Alcohol and Drug Services.
    The Contra Costa County Alcohol and Drug services Advisory Board meets on [date] [time] [location]
  • Attend the Public Health Advisory Board Meetings.
    The Public Health Advisory Board meets on [date] [time] [location]
  • Attend a support group meeting.
    • [list]

Did You Know?

In 2016, 5.4% of people ages 12 and older (53,889 people) misused opioids in Contra Costa.

Symptoms of opioid use disorders include a strong desire for opioids, inability to control or reduce use, continued use despite interference with major obligations or social functioning, use of larger amounts over time, development of tolerance, and spending a great deal of time obtaining and using opioids.

There were 52 overdose deaths in Contra Costa County in 2017

Illegal opioid drugs, such as heroin and legally available pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone can cause serious health effects in those who misuse them, including respiratory failure and death.

There were 704,647 Opioid Prescriptions in Contra Costa County in 2017

Opioids reduce the perception of pain but can also produce drowsiness, mental confusion, euphoria, nausea, constipation, and can depress respiration.

Tools

Refer to the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other drugs Services for treatment and prevention options

For an assessment, call [number] or go to [address]

  • Contra Costa County Alcohol and Drug Resource List
  • Contra Costa County Alcohol and Drug Services Adult System of Care

Encourage your colleagues to join the Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition using the following materials

  • MEDS Coalition Post-Card
  • MEDS Coalition Flyer

Use this Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) handout to educate others on MAT and where to obtain MAT.

Source: Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition

Distribute this Pocket Guide to those in need for Behavioral Health Services

  • Source: Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Check out these infographics to learn more about opioids and the local epidemic

  • Opioid Fact Sheet(source: International Overdose Awareness Day)
  • Local Epidemic Flyer(source: Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition)

 

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