historyThe Coalition’s work is grounded in the Rx Summits convened by Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life in 2010 and 2011; attendance at the first and second National Governors’ Association Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy; participation in the two Rx Summits convened by Governor Kitzhaber in December 2012 and February 2013; and in-state workshops to develop a plan of implementation.

The Summits brought together a broad spectrum of key stakeholders including doctors, pharmacists, dentists, treatment specialists, law enforcement and assisted in the identification and prioritization of the top issues of concern around prescription drug use and abuse in Oregon. A number of the “founding members” of our Coalition served as representatives for our state’s National Governor’s Association (NGA) Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse. On June 27, 2013, this Task Force released a document called Reducing Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: A Priority for Oregon.  Since September 2013, the Coalition’s “founding members” began meeting monthly and membership has expanded to include members representing organizations from 12 sectors: Youth, Parent, Business, Media, School, Youth-Serving, Law Enforcement, Religious, Civic Volunteer, Health Care, State, Local and Tribal Government with substance abuse expertise and Other Substance Abuse Organizations.

The Coalition is charged with implementation of the NGA recommendations and has adopted an Action Plan to address this health care epidemic. Included in the plan are the following four core strategies:

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  1. REDUCING PILLS IN CIRCULATION
  • Better prescribing practices
  • Better access to non-opioid therapies to treat pain
  • Better use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
  • Better provider education
  1. REDUCING THE VOLUME OF DISUSED PILLS
  • Better disposal of unused meds
  1. EXPANDING ACCESS TO TREATMENT
  • Better access to therapies to treat opioid use disorders
  • Better distribution of Naloxone to reduce number of overdose deaths
  1. EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PROBLEM
  • Better understanding of the risks & dangers of Rx

Download OrCRM’s Action Plan: OrCRM Action Plan 10DEC2014