The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention have recently declared national epidemics for both prescription opioid and heroin overdoses - noting that prescription opioids have become a pathway to street heroin use over the past decade. These declarations are especially concerning for Butte County as our age-adjusted drug induced death rate is roughly 3 times as high as the state of California overall, ranking 54th out of 58 counties.
The CDC has developed evidenced based guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. These include instruction for when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, follow up and discontinuation; and assessing risk and addressing harm of opioid use.
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In addition to Butte County’s elevated drug induced death rate relative to California overall, our local emergency department treatment and release rate was 33% higher for conditions related to alcohol, and 28% higher for other drugs of abuse, compared to the state. Studies have shown that prevention and intervention of substance misuse in early adolescence to young adulthood is effective for averting the development of substance-related and addictive disorders later in life.
The office of National Drug Control Policy recommends the use of life-skills training programs – as they use interactive techniques focused on critical thinking, communication and social competency. Developing and strengthening these skills during adolescence is protective against substance misuse and abuse.
Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), Skyway House, Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Butte County Behavioral Health, Butte Youth Now, Butte County Tobacco Coalition, Butte County Public Health Department, & Butte County Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force.