The 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:

    Better prescribing practices
    Better use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
    Better provider education
    Better disposal of unused meds
    Better access to therapies to treat opioid use disorders
    Better distribution of Naloxone to reduce number of overdose deaths
    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.

North Coast Opioid Summit: Moving Communities into Action

April 28, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Seaside Civic & Convention Center, Seaside, OR

Columbia Pacific CCO and the Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM) are bringing together the medical community, pharmacies, educators, law enforcement, public health, and the community to:

  • Identify challenges and solutions to reducing prescription drug abuse, misuse and overdose
  • Draft regional Action Plans


Trillium University/Lane County Summit on Chronic Pain and Reduced Opiate Use

April 20, 2016, from 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
LCC Center for Meeting and Learning—4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene

  • A full day of education for health care providers, pharmacies, behavioral health treatment providers, educators, law enforcement, public health, social service organizations and others to build tools to treat chronic pain and identify Rx use challenges and solutions, including those unique to Lane County.
  • Summit attendees will learn about non-opiate alternatives to managing chronic pain and will finalize the Lane County Action Plan to reduce overdose, abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.

Click here to register: Lane County Summit

Eastern Oregon & Central Oregon/Gorge Rx Summits:

OrCRM has hosted two summits to date. The April 24th Eastern Oregon Summit to Reduce Rx Abuse in La Grande and the October 14th Central Oregon & Gorge Summit to Reduce Rx Abuse in Redmond. The summits were funded through support from partners and grants from the Oregon Health Authority and HIDTA.

At both summits there were almost 140 people in attendance representing health systems, law enforcement, tribes, local government, substance abuse treatment agencies, community organizations and other statewide and local organizations.

The summits produced a list of action steps and identified champions in the regions. Local providers in Eastern Oregon and EOCCO leaders have stepped up to the challenge. These leaders have made commitments to implement health system strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse in the region, including the formation of a regional opioid prescribing group to promote a community standard for safe treatment of pain. Law enforcement in Central Oregon is eager to help with OrCRM’s efforts to encourage disposal of unused medication at pharmacies and working on plans to carry naloxone in patrol cars for overdose rescue.