Since its inception, SCCOOPP has worked towards four major goals.
1. To improve safe prescribing practices. This includes education on using fewer opioids and more alternative pain treatments, tapering opioids to safer levels, using buprenorphine as a lower risk opioid for treating pain, as well as promoting the usual safe prescribing guidelines. We have also been working with a number of hospitals and clinic systems to put in place measures that facilitate MD adherence to safe prescribing.
2. To expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. We have provided free buprenorphine waiver training for providers and opened up existing Narcotic Treatment Programs (NTPs) to prescription opioid-addicted patients. We are working towards providing buprenorphine bridges in the emergency rooms to begin treatment for opioid use disorder.
3. To prevent overdose deaths by making Naloxone education and medication available through high-impact community placement: with law enforcement, in prisons, rehab centers, the needle exchange program , and on college campuses.
4. To prevent new exposures to opioids by educating the public, such as Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), on the dangers of accessible prescription opioid reservoirs in our homes.
Our work with the coalition has enabled us to form networks of support throughout our county, working together with local government, law enforcement, educators, large hospital systems, small clinics, and community centers, joining resources and good will to make our community safer.
Thus far we have been able to stave off the national trend of ever increasing opioid related mortalities and we strive to keep it that way.