We continue to work hard on addressing the opioid epidemic by improving clinical prescribing, increasing access to naloxone, increasing drug take-back boxes, improving treatment of chronic pain, expanding treatment for addictions and educating the community. It is amazing and very humbling to watch these communities work together to address this important issue. Below are some highlights of this work in the last many months:
- Decrease in opioid prescribing both in number of prescriptions and morphine equivalent doses (MED).
- Continued partnership with OHSU Scappoose to provide medically assisted treatment (MAT) services and the early stages of development of other MAT services throughout the region.
- Continued work by the wellness centers in each county to help patients with chronic pain learn to live more functional lives.
- Launch of a community campaign with billboards (see below) and posters (see below).
- Partnership between Jordon’s Hope for Recovery and Clatsop County Public Health to start and expand a needle exchange program.
- Increased awareness of the need to co-prescribe naloxone and for first responders to carry naloxone.
Recent baseline data (PDF)
Community billboard :
Poster -- distributed to clinics and pharmacies: