Data Collection and Monitoring
In order to fully address the problem in San Luis Obispo County, the Coalition first needs an understanding of the issue based on accurate, relevant data. The Data Collection and Monitoring Team addresses this need by determining what data best describes prescription drug misuse in the County, as well as the community behaviors and prescribing practices that can impact them. Email [email protected] to learn more.
Community Prevention and First Responders
Prescription drug misuse is often tied to the belief that Rx drugs are safer and less addictive than street drugs. They can also be easier to get and have less stigma attached to their use. The Community Prevention and First Responders Action Team is committed to changing these beliefs by educating the community about prescription drugs and raising awareness about the dangers associated with misuse. The team will also focus on safe in-home storage and appropriate disposal methods in the County. Email [email protected] to learn more.
Safe Prescribing and Health Care
Studies show that prescribing guidelines based on best practices can help improve patient outcomes and limit the risk of unintended harm. The Safe Prescribing and Health Care Team is focused on developing mechanisms that promote the prescribing of healthy and safe amounts of opiates, offering the benefits of the medication while managing the harm of over-prescribing.
Medication Assisted Treatment
For those County residents already impacted by the epidemic, the Coalition recognizes the need for effective intervention, treatment and recovery options. The Medication Assisted Treatment Action Team is dedicated to increasing age appropriate treatment services with access to healthcare, medically assisted treatment options, employment, and ongoing psychological and social support for those in recovery. Email [email protected] to learn more.
Naloxone: Overdose Antidote
Naloxone (Narcan™) is a powerful medication that works to reverse an opioid-related overdose. Because of its effectiveness and life-saving potential, the Naloxone Action Team is focused on expanding distribution locations and educational opportunities within the County, working with law enforcement, health agency officials, school districts, physicians, and community members to expand its use. All are welcome to join the Naloxone Action Team meetings on the second Friday of every month at 12:30 PM in the Red Room of the Health Agency Campus on Johnson Ave. Email [email protected] to learn more.