Established August 2017
Our Coalition is an action oriented task force comprised of a wide variety of local agencies and organizations. The coalition meets monthly however the efforts by all participating organizations are ongoing daily.
Key Prevention Strategies
Opioids are important medications and have necessary reasons for use. Our coalition is working to ensure local providers adopt and implement guidelines to protect patients, help prescribers understand the importance of safer prescribing and pain management education.
Our coalition actively tracks the volume of take back drugs by law enforcement that is being sent for destruction by the DEA, is working to provide knowledge to the community on safe disposal sites, expand the number of disposal sites within the county, and provides free TakeAway Envelopes for medication disposal.
Medication Assisted Treatment
As a county with limited medical resources our coalition is working with neighboring agencies to provide immediate resources and is moving towards increasing the number of MAT providers in the county and to establish a referral system to meet the local needs.
Our coalition has secured grants for immediate training and distribution of naloxone to emergency responders, local agencies, organizations, and community members to provide life saving measures to the if needed.
Our coalition strives to provide educational information to the local community to promote safe disposal, decrease opioid misuse. We give presentations to youth, organizations, businesses, agencies, Spanish speaking community members, parents, caregivers, and anyone wanting information.