- Harm Reduction Task Force -

Every eight days, a person in Sonoma County dies from an accidental drug overdose.  Prescription drug use and misuse is a large contributing factor to this problem.  Sonoma County has seen significant increases in local drug poisoning deaths since 2012: a 17% increase in the rate of unintentional prescription opiate drug poisoning hospitalizations.


Because local emergency departments and provider organizations are on the front lines of prescription opioid misuse and abuse, the Healdsburg Harm Reduction Task Force has brought together community health leaders to address this growing public health concern through collective, coordinated action for greatest impact.

Strategies include:
  • Sharing best practices and creating community-wide guidelines for standardized medical care for individuals prescribed opioids.

  • Educating the overall community about appropriate use of opioids as well as the risks of misuse and abuse.

  • Identifying alternative pain management and substance abuse treatment options to better support people dealing with chronic, non-cancer pain.

In response to the local and national opioid epidemic, emergency departments and primary care provider organizations across Sonoma County now follow common guidelines and standardized best practices for safe pain management.

 Participating agencies include:
  • Healdsburg District Hospital

  • Alliance Medical Center

  • Healdsburg Police Departmen

  • Retired doctors and nurses in the community

  • Brightheart Health

  • Alexander Valley Healthcare

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