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 2018, Solano County had 277,436 opioid prescriptions written. Solano County’s population is only 446,610. There were enough prescriptions written for over half the county; even though prescription rates had dropped 12% from 2016-2018.
- In 2017, Solano had 312,952 opioid prescriptions 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. In September 2019, Drug Safe Solano transitioned to join Touro University California. They will be working closely with other partners to empower communities to respond to the challenges of the opiate epidemic.
Our Vision Statement
All Solano county residents have equitable access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives, with in a safe and healthy community free of harmful drugs.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Drug Safe Solano is threefold:
- We seek to decrease the stigma of addiction, serve as a resource for patients and professionals, and increase public education of the opioid crisis and the use of Naloxone.
- We are committed to saving lives by preventing opioid overdoses and deaths through reducing the number of opioid prescriptions and safe disposal of prescription opioids.
- We will work to expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment and other forms of treatment, both in inpatient and outpatient settings.