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AMA Releases New Report on Opioid Prescriptions and Overdose Deaths

A new report from the American Medical Association (AMA). Yet, the nation continues to see increases in overdose mainly due to illicit fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, methamphetamine and cocaine. To address this continuing epidemic, the AMA is urging policymakers to join physicians to reduce mortality and improve patient outcomes by removing barriers to evidence-based care.

The California Overdose Prevention Network

The California Overdose Prevention Network (COPN) is a network for coalitions, organizations, and individuals working at the forefront of the overdose epidemic. Since 2017, COPN has led the effort to provide a statewide forum for coalitions, organizations, and individuals working to combat the overdose crisis in California. COPN is the largest overdose prevention network in … Read more

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. SAMHSA provides leadership … Read more

The California Society of Addiction Medicine

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is the largest state chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) comprised of physicians and other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders. With over 700 members, CSAM offers education, advocacy, and leadership in influential state and national roles.

California MAT Expansion Project

The California MAT Expansion Project aims to increase access to Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose deaths through prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. The project also includes media campaigns, engagement of opioid safety coalitions, naloxone distribution, drug take-back efforts, and supportive housing.

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