North Coast Opioid Summit, April 28, 2016
Seaside Civic & Convention Center | Seaside, OR

Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, and other health officials held the North Coast Opioid Summit in Seaside on April 28, 2016 to address the growing toll of opioid abuse, misuse and overdose in the region. Health officials across the nation have recognized this as national concern and in Oregon, momentum for statewide action continues to move forward rapidly. OrCRM, the Governor’s Office, OHA and other partners are working on initiatives to reduce opioid abuse statewide.

The summit focused on ways the North Coast area of Oregon can reduce the number of opioids in circulation, such as better prescription methods and the proper disposal of unused pills. Speakers also discussed Naloxone, a drug used to treat opiate overdoses. In the last legislative session, Oregon lawmakers expanded access to this overdose antidote.

Agenda: NorthCoast-Agenda Final

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The Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM) is a Statewide Coalition launched to prevent overdose, misuse and abuse of amphetamines and opioids, both prescription and illicit, among Oregonians age 12 – 26.

Membership includes leaders from state agencies, health care, education, substance abuse agencies and other organizations. OrCRM’s work takes place throughout the entire state and is not a coalition comprised of other coalitions.

The Coalition’s work is grounded in the Rx Summits convened by Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life in 2010 and 2011; attendance at the first and second National Governors’ Association Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy; participation in the two Rx Summits convened by Governor Kitzhaber in December 2012 and February 2013; and in-state workshops to develop a plan of implementation.

The Summits brought together a broad spectrum of key stakeholders including doctors, pharmacists, dentists, treatment specialists, law enforcement and assisted in the identification and prioritization of the top issues of concern around prescription drug use and abuse in Oregon. A number of the “founding members” of our Coalition served as representatives for our state’s National Governor’s Association (NGA) Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse. On June 27, 2013, this Task Force released a document called Reducing Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: A Priority for Oregon.  Since September 2013, the Coalition’s “founding members” began meeting monthly and membership has expanded to include members representing organizations from 12 sectors: Youth, Parent, Business, Media, School, Youth-Serving, Law Enforcement, Religious, Civic Volunteer, Health Care, State, Local and Tribal Government with substance abuse expertise and Other Substance Abuse Organizations.

The Coalition is charged with implementation of the NGA recommendations and has adopted an Action Plan to address this health care epidemic. Included in the plan are the following 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

Download OrCRM’s Action Plan: OrCRM Action Plan 10DEC2014