Welcome to Drug Safe Solano
Unfortunately, opioid abuse does not discriminate. People from all walks of life, all ages, and socio-economic backgrounds are impacted by what the Center for Disease Control and prevention has found to be an opioid epidemic.
- In 2017, Solano had 312,952 opioid prescriptions were written, or about 1 prescription for every adult resident. Solano’s opioid prescription rate was more than 20% higher than the State average: 625 per thousand (Solano) and 517 per thousand (State). Solano’s opioid overdose ER visits rate was roughly 17% higher than the State average.
- In 2016, 22,109 Solano individuals misused opioids, 3,980 individuals had an opioid use disorder, and 1,155 to 2,358 people with opioid use disorder do not have access to treatment.
- There were 10 opioid related deaths reported by the State in 2017 (2.5 deaths per 100,000 residents) although small numbers it is really just the tip of the iceberg, as it was related to 35 opioid overdose hospitalizations, 58 opioid overdose ER visits and 312, 952 opioid prescriptions.
Solano Stakeholders, government agencies and community folks wanted to do something to address opioid addiction issues in our community. The Solano Coalition for Better Health took the lead and formed the Solano Opioid Safety Coalition (name change: Drug Safe Solano) in the Fall of 2018.
Our Mission & Vision Statement
We are committed to saving lives by preventing overdoses by reducing the number of opioid prescriptions, safe disposal of prescriptions, expanding access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), outpatient treatment and resources, and increasing public education.