Law Enforcement Can Prevent Opioid Overdoses

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

“I have encountered a person appearing to be under the influence of drugs and is causing a disturbance among the community. Where can I bring this individual for treatment?”

“I found somebody who appears to be overdosing in their car and there are children in the backseat. What can I do to save their life”

“I have heard there is a medication prevent an overdose. Where can I get more information on this medication and who can I call to get this person the appropriate treatment and resources available to them?”

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.
    • [email]
  • Contact agencies that currently use Narcan to gain a better understanding on storage, maintenance, record keeping, and best practices for implementation.
    • [list of PDs]
  • 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.
    • [email]
  • Ask to receive training on treatment options and referrals during a community encounter.
    • [email]
  • 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]

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 Otions 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

Host a DEA Drug TAke Back DAy

Source: Drug Enforcement Agency

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