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State Public Health Agency Receives 3.7 Million Grant to Fight Opioid Abuse


logo_CDPH_v.1_colorThe California Department of Health has announced that California is one of only 16 states to receive prevention-strategy funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a statement released by Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith the 3.7 million dollar grant will be used to help improve safe prescribing of opioid painkillers.

The money will be spent over four years to enhance the state’s multi-agency effort to prevent deaths and injuries caused by opioid misuse.

“Prescription opioid misuse can hurt anyone who has access to these medications, as well as their families and loved ones,” said Dr. Smith. “People often associate drug abuse with illegal drugs, but this effort targets the misuse of drugs that were prescribed for pain management.”

In 2013, more than 16,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in the U.S. In that same year, there were 4,318 deaths from drug poisonings in California alone. According to numbers cited by the state’s health agency the majority of those deaths were caused by prescription medications, with opioids being the mostly frequently prescribed.

In 2014, California formed the Prescription Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Workgroup, bringing together state departments to alert health care providers, pharmacists and the public of this epidemic.

CDPH developed the grant application with support from this workgroup, and will partner with the Department of Justice and the Department of Health
Care Services, with assistance by the University of California Davis Medical Center, the California HealthCare Foundation and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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