Opioid Crisis Response
The Treasure Valley Partnership members began discussing the growing opioid problem in the U.S. and the valley as early as November of 2012. The Director of the Idaho Office on Drug Policy alerted the members about a growing prescription opioid abuse problem. At the time, there were only 20% of prescription prescribers were part of the State’s Prescription monitoring program. Also, a legislative work group was formed to study and work on the issue at the time.
Over the course of the next several years, the prescription opioid abuse problem became a regular topic of discussion. People such as; the Directors of the Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho Office of Drug Policy, the DEA, FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office came and gave the members updates on the activities associated with this growing problem.
In November of 2017, representatives of the Corporation for National and Community Service came to a Partnership meeting and proposed the Partnership take on a grant program to obtain Vista Volunteers to help out on various aspects of combating opioids in the Treasure Valley. At the time, the Partnership agreed to move forward with generating interest among stake holders in the treatment and rehabilitation community in the valley.
Over the next couple of months, Bill Larsen reported increasing support for participation in finding solutions to the local opioid problem. He indicated that each time he considered setting a date for an initial meeting of Treasure Valley stake holders, many additional people contacted him wanting to be involved. Coinciding this effort, the Idaho Office of Drug Policy had started a statewide task force to address the opioid issue.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced in January 2018 that he was going to dedicate staff time to put together a work group of all stake holders to the opioid problem to generate a strategic plan and carry through with combating opioid abuse in the Treasure Valley.
The initial Treasure Valley Treasure Valley Opioid Crisis Response Strategic Planning Summit was held June 7th and 8th, 2018. Over 60 people representing a broad range of organizations convened and developed the Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan focuses on five different goals.
Goals and Strategies
GOAL 1 – By July 2021, ensure adequate resources exist for prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, and data collection.
GOAL 2 – By July 2019, establish a coalition to optimize collaboration, communication, and coordination
GOAL 3 – By July 2019, utilize law enforcement-assisted diversion to identify individuals at risk who may be amenable to treatment.
GOAL 4 – By July 2021, expose healthcare professionals and the public to information that will prevent opioid misuse.
GOAL 5 – By January 2020, identify, optimize, and implement evidence-based, patient/family-centered, comprehensive SUD treatment options in the Treasure Valley to reduce opioid overdoses by 50%.
Information to soon be available.
Updates on goal group strategies and achievements will be available soon