Tackling an Epidemic: Evaluation of California Opioid Safety Coalitions Network

The opioid epidemic is having a devastating impact in communities across the nation, fueling a dramatic increase in premature deaths. In California, there were almost 2,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2016. In late 2015, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) launched a statewide network of 16 local coalitions in 23 counties focused on three priority strategies — safe opioid prescribing, use of medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT), and access to naloxone to reverse drug overdoses.

A report released by the Public Health Institute,  Tackling an Epidemic: Evaluation of California Opioid Safety Coalitions Network, looks at the impact these local coalitions are having in their communities.

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