Health Providers Can Prevent Over-Prescribing of Opioids

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

“I have a MediCal patient who is addicted to heroin and has asked for treatment options for opioid use disorder. Where can I refer them?”

“As a primary care physician. I have a close relationship with many of my patients. Recently, I spoke with a pregnant patient, who came out to me about her opioid misuse. What options does she have for treatment?”

Get Involved

  • Attend a Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition meeting or join a sub-committee.
  • Request a training from Contra Costa County Alcohol and Drug Services on local substance use disorder treatment options and how to help patients on MediCal. 
  • 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.
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  • Attend the Public Health Advisory Board Meetings.
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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.

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