The Accelerator Program Newsletter provides weekly updates on upcoming webinars, program announcements, and relevant news updates for Accelerator teams in the California Opioid Safety Network.
  Accelerator Program
Weekly Update - June 27, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

This week, leaders representing 23 states and a diversity of sectors convened for the Public Health Institute's (PHI) National Opioid Leadership Summit. During the day-long conference, participants built connections, collaborated, and learned from leading experts, including each other.

During her welcome address, Dr. Mary Pittman urged us to think about our approach to health equity, particularly who has been left out from our current conversations and approaches to address the opioid crisis. Keynote speaker, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams posed the opioid epidemic as an opportunity for building better health through better partnerships and compelled everyone to save lives by carrying naloxone. The Surgeon General also shared his brother's story and struggle with substance use disorder to help alleviate stigma that often "keeps people in the shadows."

Left: U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, during his keynote address at the Public Health Institute, National Opioid Leadership Summit. 
Top Right: Full house during a panel session on exploring cross sector collaboration for maximum impact.
Bottom Right: Event program.


Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Vice President, External Relations and Preventive Medicine
Public Health Institute

In this Issue


New Indicators on California’s Opioid Dashboard
The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard has been updated with new indicators and new data. It now includes morbidity and mortality indicators for “opioids combined with other drugs” and “other drug poisonings,” both for benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and cocaine. Full-year 2018 emergency department data are also available.


Overcoming Objections to MAT
Despite data showing the success of MAT in treating drug addiction, objections are still common. A short paper from the California Health Care Foundation, MAT for Opioid Use Disorder: Overcoming Objections, lists common objections and evidence-based responses.

U.S. Surgeon General's postcard on preventing opioid misuse.
During his keynote address at the National Opioid Leadership Summit, the Surgeon General shared his postcard which outlines five key opioid safety strategies.
Safe(r) Drug Use Information
The Harm Reduction Coalition has developed a 1-pager about safe(r) drug use which includes strategies, detailed information dependent on route of admission, safer injection practices, and skin soft tissue infections.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Expansion of Practitioner Education (SAMHSA) Applications due August 2, 2019
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grant (SAMHSA) Applications due August 6, 2019
  • Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (SAMHSA) Applications due August 16, 2019

Opioids in the News

(California Healthline)
According to a study published in the journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, between 2011 and 2017, dual use of opioids and meth rose from 19% to 34%. This rise in polysubstance use demonstrates that the opioid epidemic does not exist in a vacuum, and practical solutions should address all substance use disorders.  
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