We envision providing a platform for collaboration and change.
To open dialog, strengthen relationships, find solutions, and execute change.
To create a center-point of synergy between an eclectic array of disciplines initiating substantial dialog in order to formulate change and move forward through the current opioid crisis.
5,772 – That is how many sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers died of an opioid overdose in the Western States in 2016; that is 14% of the opioid overdose deaths in the entire United States in only 11 states. This number is expected to rise significantly when the numbers roll in for 2017. The problem looms large and it can be difficult to know where to begin in forming a solution.
Is it just the heroin? Fentanyl? Prescription opioids? Opium? Is it just the injection drug users and the criminals? Or the White middle class? Young people or old? Educated or illiterate? Are they buying them on the streets or stealing the leftovers from Grandma’s medicine cabinet? Can black tar heroin from the Southern part of the continent be laced with Fentanyl or is that just the stuff from Asia? Maybe it’s just the new “speedball” mix of methamphetamine and fentanyl?
It’s all of this and more; and it seems, that no one entity has all the information in one spot for us to sift through it all.
That’s why we are hosting the Western States Opioid Summit September 19 – 21, 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center. We’re bringing the experts under one roof to share information about what is real in the Western States. We have both differences and similarities with the rest of the country relative to the opioid epidemic, and it’s important for us – behavioral health and medical professionals, law enforcement personnel, family service organizations, homeless service providers, legislators and policy makers, mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters – we need to know what we can do to end this scourge in our communities and in our families.
Families and communities facing the opioid crisis on their streets and in their living rooms can have a daunting experience when trying to help a friend or loved one. Where do I find substance abuse treatment? What is the best treatment – traditional “rehabs”? Medication Assisted Treatment with methadone, suboxone, vivitrol? Individual psychotherapy? Spiritual/religious counseling? Twelve Step and other self-help groups? Exercise and nutrition? Yoga and meditation? Will my insurance pay for any of this?
This summit is a place where we can come together to gather information we may not currently have and to bring information which others in attendance may lack. The more information, and more importantly, the more personal and professional experience we can share – the better equipped we will all be when the next crisis presents itself in the form of a friend, family member, or client experiencing an overdose, or just having that moment of clarity engendering the willingness to ask for help.
Please, join us for the Western States Opioid Summit and help us achieve the goal of