SW Oregon Opioid Summit, October 28, 2016
Mill Casino / North Bend, OR
SW Oregon’s Opioid Summit Starts Regional Action Plan
On October 27, approximately 310 people gathered at the Mill Casino in North Bend, Oregon to begin drafting a regional action plan to reduce prescription drug abuse, misuse, and overdose. Turnout for the SW Oregon Opioid Summit included organizations representing medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, addictions, law enforcement, education, and tribal communities as well as interested citizens.
Highlights of the summit included:
- Participants learning how coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in SW Oregon are changing opioid prescribing practices by coordinating efforts, using consistent messaging, and promoting community standards for safe prescribing Download Southern Oregon Opioid Prescriber Toolkit for more Information
- A presentation on opioid prescribing and prevalence data by youth representing the For Youth by Youth Coalition after which, Robert “Bob” Main, Coos County Commissioner, agreed to provide a letter in support of the coalition’s Drug Free Communities grant
- Stories of recovery and hope from community members
This was the fifth and most well-attended summit hosted by the Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM)—a statewide coalition to prevent overdose, misuse, and abuse of amphetamines and opioids (both prescription and illicit) among Oregonians. We would like to thank Western Oregon Advanced Health for providing sponsorship of the summit and leadership to help turn the regional tide on the opioid epidemic. We also express gratitude to other summit sponsors: Curry Community Health, AllCare Health, Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Community Foundation, Bay Area Hospital, and PrimaryHealth of Josephine County.
Lines for Life is creating a draft action plan based on feedback from the summit, which will be available on the OcRCM website this winter. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or ideas for next steps.
Plenary: Statewide and Local Initiatives to Reduce Opioid Abuse
Concurrent Sessions: Morning Breakouts
Session A: Reducing the Number of Pills Prescribed
Session B: Getting Pills out of Circulation
Concurrent Sessions: Afternoon Breakouts
Session C: Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
Session D: Educating the Public About the Problem
Closing Session: Representative Caddy McKeown