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The Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance is an advocacy organization focused on advancing policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded … Read more

The National Harm Reduction Coalition

The National Harm Reduction Coalition is a nationwide advocate and ally for people who use drugs. Their website provide information on the principles of harm reduction and offers resources and online trainings at the national and local level regarding harm reduction strategies. The California Chapter of the Harm Reduction Coalition, located in Oakland, provides harm … Read more

CA Bridge

CA Bridge was officially launched in 2018 with a grant from the California Department of Health Care Services MAT Expansion Project and is a program of the Public Health Institute, based in Oakland, California. Their vision is that all hospitals will treat opioid addiction: “We are disrupting the addiction treatment landscape by championing the idea … Read more

Federal Grantees May Now Use Funds to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced April 7, 2021 that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS) in an effort to help curb the dramatic spike in drug overdose deaths largely driven by the use of strong synthetic … Read more

California Senate OKs Measure to End Mandatory Prison Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

In the news April 17, 2021, the California State Senate approved a bill that ends mandatory prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders in California. This bill is waiting on approval by the Assembly and a signature from the governor to become law. Ending mandatory sentences will help those with substance use disorder to get the … Read more

Use of Buprenorphine-Naloxone in the Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is a health care setting in which patients with OUD commonly present, seeking more opioids to maintain their addiction, seeking help with opioid withdrawal, or in some tragic instances, needing emergency resuscitation for opioid overdose. Emergency Department (ED) physicians are thus uniquely positioned to intervene to help patients with OUD at a critical moment in the addiction cycle.