“Last year, my son got in a car accident and was given high doses of Norco and I am concerned this may lead to drug dependency.  What can I do?”

“I am a recovering addict and I want to educate others on the abusive potential of opioids and to ensure others struggling with substance use have access to support groups and local treatment options. How can I get involved?”

Together, We Can Save Lives

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

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 Drug Services public speaking events.
    If you are interested in providing a testimony for Contra Costa County Alcohol and 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.
    Chemical Dependency Recovery at Kaiser
    Co-Dependents Anonymous
    Cocaine Anonymous
    Dual Recovery Anonymous
    Life Ring
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
    Nar-Anon for Family and Friends
    Narcotics Anonymous
    Rational Recovery

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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