Together, We Can Save the Future Generation

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

“Drugs in schools are an enormous problem in the U.S., with fatal consequences. What can educators do to prevent prescription drug misuse among our students?”

“Our students need to learn the risks of opioid misuse and local treatment options available to them. Who can we contact to obtain these resources?”

“In case of an emergency among our students, our educators want to be able to prevent an opioid overdose. Where can schools buy Naloxone?”

“My student has opened up to me about their opioid use disorder. What can I do to ensure my student is getting the hlep they need?”

Get Involved

  • Attend a Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition meeting or join a sub-committee.
  • Ask how you can become a Naloxone carrier or where you can get training on Naloxone administration.
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  • 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.
  • Partner with the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drug Services on various future initiatives.
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  • 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]
  • Refer your students to a support group meeting.
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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

Download this PDF and educate other about the Naloxone Distribution Project

Source: Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition

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

  • MEDS Coalition Post-Card
  • MEDS Coalition Flyer

Learn ABout Naloxone Access p in California

Source: California Health Care Foundation

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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