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California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard. ​Click HERE to view the most up-to-date statistics regarding opioid overdose for both California and SLO County.

Complementary Treatments. Complementary medicine, also referred to as alternative treatments, includes diagnostic, treatment, or preventative disciplines that are used together with conventional medicine. Utilizing complementary medicine to treat chronic pain can reduce the risk of adverse side effects caused by prescription medication. Click HERE for a list of providers in the community.

Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic. The California Department of Public Health has noted that rates of hepatitis C and heroin overdoses among young adults (ages 25-29) are increasing together, at a similar rate. This is not surprising given that sharing injection equipment is the #1 way hepatitis C is spread, but it is concerning given the severity of the infection.  For information on curbing this troubling trend, see CDPH's infographic on the issue.

Letter to Physicians. Click HERE to view a letter sent to physicians in SLO County regarding the Opioid Epidemic and education on safe prescribing.

Prescriber’s Guide to Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is often used in Medication Assisted Treatment programs to combat addiction to prescription painkillers. Read the ten elements of success in primary care buprenorphine programs HERE.

Safe Pain Prescribing Guide. CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose. The Guideline is not intended for patients who are in active cancer treatment, palliative care, or end-of-life care.

SLO Bangers Syringe Exchange & Overdose Prevention Program. The mission of SLO Bangers Syringe Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program is to reduce the spread of blood borne pathogens, prevent drug overdose, and support those struggling with substance dependency. They are open from 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM on Wednesdays at 2191 Johnson Ave Public Health Department. Visit their website at slobangers.com

SLO Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) Guide to Rx Drug Disposal. Your local pharmacies and the San Luis Obispo County IWMA have teamed up to provide a free disposal program for household over-the-counter and prescription medications, including pills, ointments and lotions. Any resident of San Luis Obispo County may dispose of their unwanted medicine through the program. Learn more HERE.

Rx Drug High School Presentation. A high school level presentation for preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse. (PowerPoint here).

#UnCaptheFacts Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness amongst both high school and college students in San Luis Obispo County on the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and to reveal that even sporadic drug misuse is considered abuse.​ This campaign was designed in partnership with Cal Poly Art & Design students Kayla Lake, Doug Kessinger, Julie Marzan, and photographer Jordan Crough.  (https://www.slofnl.com/uncap-the-facts)