The opioid epidemic has grabbed headlines. Not a day goes by that we don’t see reference to this deadly wave that has crashed over our country affecting people from every region, age, and socioeconomic group; leaving in its wake devastated families and friends.
In 2016 alone, opioid overdoses claimed more than 42,000 lives in America. The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious health problem in the County. From 2013-2016 opioid-related death rose by 20% per California Healthcare Foundation reports.
The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) has taken a proactive role by recruiting and supporting counties to form coalitions and put the boots on the ground to fight the epidemic one community at a time.
In October 2015, CHCF invited the Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Project (SCCOOPP) into the California Opioid Safety Network.
The Coalition was developed with support from Behavioral Health leadership and the Board of Supervisors. The Coalition has implemented initiatives to support the community in their fight against drug abuse, addiction and overdose. Since then, CHCF has partnered with the Public Health Institute (PHI) Center for Health Leadership & Practice to place AmeriCorps VISTA members in the opioid safety coalitions.