The Advanced Health Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) has lead the work on safe opiate prescribing in Coos and Curry County for nearly a decade.

Advanced Health
Advanced Health’s efforts to increase safe opioid prescribing include:

  • Involvement in the Southern Oregon CCO Statewide Opioid Performance Improvement Project Collaborative
  • Providing continuing education events for pharmacists on Naloxone prescribing
  • Collaboration on the Southwestern Oregon Opioid Summit

The Summit began the process of aligning community efforts to address opioid use by focusing on the following goals:

  • Reducing pills in circulation
  • Identifying approaches to treat opioid dependence
  • Raising public awareness about opioid dangers and non-pharmacologic therapies for pain management

An interdisciplinary work group to address opiate abuse and overdose prevention convened in 2016, as well as a drug disposal task force. The task force leveraged resources and built on local expertise to create sustainable strategies that meet the above goals.