For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Celebrate the First Anniversary of the Drug Safe Solano Coalition at Touro University California

Join Congressman Mike Thompson, Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan and Vallejo City Mayor Bob Sampayan in recognizing the achievements of this local coalition to address the local opioid epidemic

(Vallejo, CA – October 3rd, 2019) – Next Monday evening, October 7th, 2019, Drug Safe Solano Coalition will be celebrating their first anniversary with an event at Touro University California. Drug Safe Solano is a group of healthcare and community stakeholders from across Solano County who have come together to address the epidemic of local opioid overdoses and increasing rate of substance dependency present in our County.

Since its formation one year ago the Coalition has been responsible for a number of local initiatives. Most dramatic has been the facilitation of the use of the overdose reversal agent Narcan by Solano County Law Enforcement agencies. Over 12 lives have been saved by Sheriff’s Deputies and local Police Departments so far.

The Coalition is working with Solano County’s hospitals and the County Medical Society to emphasize the importance of safe opioid prescribing guidelines while preserving the humane treatment of patients in pain. The Coalition stakeholders share data enhancing the understanding of providers and educating the public about the opioid epidemic in our communities.

One of the most important goals of the group has been to improve the local treatment options for patients with substance use disorder. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy with medication to address the physical withdrawal from opioids and is the standard of care for substance use dependency.

Drug Safe Solano was recently recognized with a Resolution from the Board of Supervisors for its achievements.

Speakers at the event will include, among others: United States Congressman Mike Thompson, Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Vallejo City Mayor Bob Sampayan, Solano County Under-Sheriff Brad DeWall; Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, Provost of Touro University California and Chairman of the Solano County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, Dr. Richard Barry.

This event is supported by: Touro University California, Kaiser Permanente, Solano Coalition for Better Health, Solano County Public Health, Solano County Behavioral Health, MedMark Treatment Centers, Solano County Medical Society, Solano County Sheriff-Coroner’s office, Partnership Healthplan of California, La Clinica and NorthBay Healthcare.

The public is invited to join us for a celebration of this significant public health milestone for Solano County. Tickets are available through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drug-safe-solano-one-year-celebration-tickets-71107700045.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news