SW Oregon Opioid Summit, October 28, 2016

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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.


Summit Presentations:picture-3

Plenary: Statewide and Local Initiatives to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Best Practice Prescribing Opioids for Acute & Chronic Pain: How to Keep the Opioid Naïve, Naïve and Provide Compassionate Care for Legacy Patients  

Ways to Live Well With Chronic Pain

Overview: Oregon’s Opioid Initiatives to Reduce Rx Abuse, Misuse and Overdose

Answering the Call to Action Through Regional Collaboration

Concurrent Sessions: Morning Breakouts


Session A: Reducing the Number of Pills Prescribed

Oregon’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Overview: Pain School Model

The Role of Dentists in Preventing Opioid Abuse


Session B: Getting Pills out of Circulation

Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin: Regional and Statewide Impact on Youth and Young Adults

Reducing Diversion in SW Oregon

Pharmacy Run Medication Disposal

       Oregon Safe Disposal Initiative

Lunch Session

Overdose Prevention and Community and Pharmacy Distribution of Naloxone

The Role of Overdose Prevention and Law Enforcement

Concurrent Sessions: Afternoon Breakouts


Session C: Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders

Medication Assisted Recovery for Opioid Use Disorder

Co-Location verses Integration: How to Make Integrated Care Work

Grace Roots Pathway to Wellness


Session D: Educating the Public About the Problem

Overview of Tribal Prevention Initiatives: Canoe Journey, Culture Camps and other programs

The Magnitude of the Solution: Building Self-Healing Communities



Session E: Compassion-Based Patient Conversations: Effective Navigation Strategies for Challenging Clinical Situations


Closing Session: Representative Caddy McKeown


Summit Handouts:

Summit Brochure