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Sacramento Briefing: California’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

California Health Care Foundation

Monday, November 27, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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The opioid epidemic is the worst drug crisis in American history. More than 33,000 people died of an opioid overdose in 2015 – an almost three-fold increase from 2002. Nearly 2,000 of those deaths were in California.


Government, health care providers, health plans, law enforcement, and many others throughout California have been working to respond to the crisis at the local and state levels. Even though there is still much work to be done, California is starting to see some early successes. While the national death rate continues to climb, in California it remains stable. California’s Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard shows that opioid prescribing is down and access to effective addiction treatment is increasing.


This event will examine the role of state agencies in combating the epidemic. Participants will hear about different collaborative approaches, including promoting safer prescribing practices, expanding access to medication-assisted treatment for addiction, improving communication between prescribers and providers, among others.


Please join the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) for this briefing on Monday, November 27, 2017 at noon at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)  Auditorium in Sacramento. Speakers will include:

  • Tina Farales, administrator, CURES program, California Department of Justice
  • Jennifer Kent, director, DHCS
  • Lance Lang, MD, chief medical officer, Covered California
  • Karen Smith, MD, MPH, director, California Department of Public Health
  • Moderator: Kelly Pfeifer, MD, director, High-Value Care, CHCF


A boxed lunch will be provided at the end of the event, as no food can be consumed in the auditorium. 

Tina Farales, administrator, CURES program

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Department of Health Care Services
1500 Capitol Avenue, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

Monday, November 27, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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California Health Care Foundation

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. CHCF informs policymakers and industry leaders, invests in ideas and innovations, and connects with changemakers to create a more responsive, patient-centered health care system.

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