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Providing hope and help
for those experiencing
opioid use disorder.

Siskiyou Opioid Safety Coalition

Preventing opioid overdoses, encouraging safe prescribing practices, engaging the community in collective action, and increasing access to naloxone and medication assisted treatment.

What is an opioid?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone (oxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine and morphine. When used correctly, prescription opioids can be useful for treating acute (short-term) pain. However, misusing opioids can lead to tolerance, addiction and fatal overdoses.

Did you know...?

Today there are less than half as many prescriptions for opioids being written in Siskiyou County than 5 years ago, however the number is still 35% higher than the state average.

Did you know...?

More than 3 in 4 heroin users report first using prescription opioids.

Did you know...?

Approximately every 11 minutes another person overdoses on opioids. It’s time for a positive change.

Overdose Prevention

Did you know that naloxone (Narcan) is a drug that can restore breathing in someone who has overdosed on opiates? You can get your own free Narcan kit and learn how to use this life saving medication in minutes. In an Emergency, call 911 right away. All EMS, law enforcement and most fire personnel in Siskiyou County carry Narcan.

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Barry’s Story

“If I can make it through, anyone can!”

For Barry from Yreka, drugs and alcohol had always been a way of life. After a surgery, he became hooked on Norco. He was sick all the time and didn’t do anything unless on drugs. One day, he courageously decided to get help. Barry’s been clean and sober since 2017, and has never been happier. He hopes his story will help someone lost in a life of drugs and alcohol.

Start Your Recovery Today

Do you or someone you love need help?

Learn about treatment options, recovery services, information for families, and suicide prevention.

We have 16 providers in Siskiyou county who are trained in Medication Assisted Treatment.

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News & Events

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Local Opioid Coalitions are Making a Difference in California The Public Health Institute has found greater progress in fighting the opioid epidemic in counties with local coalitions that are part of the California Opioid Safety Network, like our Siskiyou Opioid Safety...

Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day

Every year the Drug Enforcement Administration promotes national prescription drug take back events on the last Saturday of April and October. These events are held to help combat the opioid epidemic and provide a safe, convenient, and ecological way to dispose of...

Siskiyou Golden Fair

Siskiyou Golden Fair

As you know, the Siskiyou Golden Fair was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic we are experiencing. Our world has been quite a bit different this year due to large gathering restrictions, social distancing, and all efforts to curb the spread of...

Opioid use disorder is a treatable chronic disease.

Nearly one in three people know someone addicted to opioids. In order to best help, we need to dispel the stigma and shame. This coalition supports and upholds our community members, and strives for a healthier future for all.
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