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Northern Sierra Opioid Safety Coalition

Northern Sierra Opioid Safety Coalition

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            “To reduce opioid misuse and abuse in Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, and Modoc Counties.”

Officially formed in January 2016, the Northern Sierra Opioid Safety Coalition’s mission is to reduce opioid misuse and abuse in Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, and Modoc Counties. The region has been hit hard in past years, with Plumas at one point having the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in all of California. The coalition is diverse, made up of partners in public health, local hospitals, the criminal justice system, law enforcement, local nonprofits and the community at large. Since the coalition was formed, the region has seen a reduction in unsafe prescribing practices and in opioid overdose-related deaths.

The NSOSC is made up of two teams: the Prevention Action Team and the Harm Reduction Action Team. The Harm Reduction Action Team focuses on increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, access to clean syringes, and access to naloxone (a life-saving opioid blocker that reverses the effects of an overdose). The Prevention Action Team focuses on promoting safe prescribing practices, expanding access to safe drug disposal, and educating youth about the dangers of misusing opioids and other prescription drugs. Both action teams meet bi-monthly and are open to the public.

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For more information, please feel free to contact the Northern Sierra Opioid Safety Coalition Team:

James Wilson
Health Education Coordinator


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