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County of San Luis Obispo

Opioid Safety Coalition

Since 1999, the U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the number of pain medications, sedatives, and stimulants prescribed. Every community has been affected by this trend. Prescription drugs are easily accessible, perceived to be safer than street drugs, and are highly addictive. When misused, they are usually obtained freely or stolen from friends or family. As abuse increases, so do accidental deaths. Today, drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns, and falling. Prescription drug abuse crosses all boundaries — gender, ethnicity, economic status, and age. Because all sectors of society are impacted, solutions will require integrated community-wide approaches.

The SLO County Opioid Safety Coalition was established in January 2016 to reduce prescription drug misuse.  The Initiative is driven by a diverse coalition of community members, including law enforcement, physicians, pharmacists, treatment professionals, Public Health Department, Behavioral Health Department, educators and others who are working to collaboratively address the problem in San Luis Obispo County.

Full Coalition Summits are held 3 times a year to provide an opportunity for all the Action Teams to collaborate, share their successes and upcoming plans, and to highlight current events.

To explore more data regarding local opioid safety, please visit SLO Health Counts.

National Drug Take Back Day Update

National Drug Take Back Day is April 24, 2021!  View the event flyer for more information.

The Take Back Day will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm at the California Highway Patrol Parking Lot, 675 California Blvd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. This year’s Take Back Day will be a free, no-contact drive-through following COVID19 Public Health safety measures to ensure everyone’s safety. Residents may also utilize the free drug disposal program offered at most pharmacies in San Luis Obispo County. For more information on locations and disposal guidelines please visit the Integrated Waste Management Authority website.


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