Contra Costa Issues Health Advisory Regarding The Continuing Epidemic Of Prescription Opioid Abuse

March 19, 2019 15:15 pm · 9 comments

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Dr. Chris Farnitano, the county’s health officer, issued a health advisory Tuesday regarding the continuing epidemic of prescription opioid abuse.

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors also proclaimed March to be Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month at its meeting today.

The actions are part of a national effort to draw attention to an epidemic that causes thousands of deaths every year across the country.

CCHS works closely with local medical providers and community partners to combat the prevalence and misuse of opioid painkillers such as Norco, OxyContin, and Fentanyl.

The health advisory urges all local medical providers to follow the prescribing guidelines developed by the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association and already in use at all county hospitals and urgent care clinics.

The advisory also urges wider use of Naloxone, a drug that can reverse life-threatening opioid overdoses, and identifies resources for safe prescribing, safe disposal and treatment in Contra Costa.

Up-to-date information about California’s opioid epidemic, including county statistics for deaths, overdose-related visits to emergency departments and per-capita prescriptions for opioid medications, is available through the California Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard.

King6 March 20, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Fantastic, now because of drug addics I may not get the help and relief I desperately need

Bedazzled March 20, 2019 at 6:54 AM

No not because of drug addicts, because of overbearing government nanny babysitting.

Cundy March 22, 2019 at 3:58 PM

Due to an accident surgery and fibromyalgia I myself was on prescribed medicine including icy irons fentanylband soma for 15 years. They were only taken as prescribed. Cannabis is legal and can control the pain. Try it instead of the opioids. Also the freedom you feel. Some pain is an even exchange for freedom. Good lucks

ZZ March 20, 2019 at 7:01 AM

What is the percentage of those who become addicted after opioids being prescribed for a medical reason and those who become addicted on the streets?

Bob Burgers March 20, 2019 at 3:19 PM

There is CDC data on this subject. If you are given a prescription for at least 1 day of opioids (typically 4-8 pills) for a painful condition, the probability you would have continued opioid use @ 1 year is 6%. At 3 years, it drops to 2.9%.

The figure 1 graph is the most striking:

ZZ March 20, 2019 at 4:48 PM

Thank you @Bobburgers. I appreciate the information.

Darwin March 20, 2019 at 7:14 AM

Give it time the problem will sort itself out.

Carnac the Magnificent March 20, 2019 at 9:03 AM

But what is there position on seat belts?

Bob Burgers March 20, 2019 at 10:20 PM

Also, I don’t see a link to the actual advisory in the original post.

Here it is:

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