regional-summitsThe Governor and Oregon Health Authority charged OrCRM to reduce opioid abuse, misuse and overdose, and to convene summits throughout Oregon to develop regional action plans to address the opioid epidemic. Summits not only provide an opportunity to share best practices but can inspire communities to own the problem and take action. By going community to community, we are building grassroots support for statewide change.

The Regional Summits engage stakeholders to create community level action plans that include community and prescriber education and strategies for safely discarding unused medication. The summits increase community collaboration and capacity to address the growing crisis of prescription drug abuse and create momentum to drive statewide change.

The agenda of the summits focus on four core strategies:

  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

Each summit begins with a plenary session. This session provides an opportunity for participants to hear from experts in the field. After the plenary session, participants break out into discussion groups. Break-out sessions include 5 minutes/5 slide overview by subject experts, followed by facilitated discussion and action planning to identify barriers and best practices and help stakeholders form core strategies for an implementation plan to increase the community’s readiness to act.

After the sessions, participants come back together to report on their findings and develop a list of action steps and commitments to move forward local initiatives to reduce Rx abuse.

We have hosted four summits to date: North Coast, Lane County, Central Oregon/Gorge and Eastern Oregon. Check out the summit agendas and presentations.