Heroin/Opiate Addiction Work Group

Heroin/Opiate Addiction Work Group

This is a community collaboration of a number of local groups and citizens who have come together to address the growing problem in our community related to both heroin and opiate addictions.

History of the Work Group

Mike Crim (the Director of Coos Community Corrections) held a town hall meeting last year with an opioid expert discussing the increased of opiates. A panel of experts in several sectors was on hand to give information. The panel discussed how opiate epidemic requires a community response.  Over 150 persons attended the event.

After this meeting,  Rob Kappelman (Chief of the North Bend Police Department) and Mike discussed the need for a continued community collaboration to address the problem and find solutions to the ongoing opiate issue.

Participating members of the work group are also connecting with each other separately from the meetings to share resources and information and discuss ways to coordinate services. [Follow the current status of these specific projects]


The following organizations are participating in the Heroin/Opiate Work Group:

Bay Area First Step

BAFS provides Transitional/Permanent housing for people recovering from substance abuse. The only requirement for people to be assisted by BAFS is for them to be motivated to receive help.

BAFS helps individuals and families and provides housing for 70 clients. BAFS has received new funding which will allow them to double their staff. BAFS has been unable to serve people throughout the day, but the new funding will allow them to offer day services for possibly 30 clients in the near future. With new funding, may be able to house up to 100 in the future.

The program is staffed by peers and funding has limited adequate staffing. New funding will provide professional training for Recovery mentors so eventually BAFS will be 30% staffed by peers, working as well-paid professionals.

Phone: (541) 756-3111
Email: info@bayareafirststep.org
Website: www.bayareafirststep.org
BAFS Facebook Page


 ADAPT – North Bend Outpatient

ADAPT’s 16 certified staff provide outpatient services In North Bend to 300 individuals. In addition, they operate an 8-bed Detox unit in Roseburg. Adapt is a first contact for treatment/help for heroin and opiate addictions. They start with a screening process to see if detox needed. If so, transportation is provided to the Detox facility in Roseburg, where, if appropriate the doctor will prescribe medication on a tapering-dose basis.

At the North Bend facility, patients are in the program from 3 to 6 months, have group counseling 3 to 4 times a week, see a counselor once a week, and can connect with the doctor in Roseburg via tele-medicine. The program is reported to be very successful with helping opiate addicts.

ADAPT is hoping to establish an outpatient detox clinic locally by end of the year. The clinic will administer buprenorphine, using a tapered-dose approach, over a long treatment period with therapy/counseling (6 months – 1 yr). This clinic should increase ADAPT’s current capacity to serve 11 patients from our local community to at least ten times that number.

The program is designed to help the participant get to a place where they no longer need the treatment medication (which is paid for by OHP and by some insurance companies. After the detox process, ADAPT staff assess individuals to see if they are in a good place to proceed with the substance abuse treatment/recovery program. They also assess what additional support services will be needed by the participant (e.g., housing, job training).

In addition, ADAPT holds classes for MIP Youth on Saturdays in Bandon. They also are implementing a counseling outreach program (with peer support) at the Coos County Jail in Coquille with inmates to change their criminal way of thinking/behaving/action errors. Because the inmates are without drugs while incarcerated, they have 30 to 90 days in a sober state for the counseling program to take root. They have 38 different groups to choose from. However, the key to this program is a transition plan to ensure that the participants have safe housing, new friends, etc. when they leave the program.

ADAPT
400 Virginia Ave.
Ste 201
North Bend, OR 97459

(541) 751-0357

ADAPT website


Confederated Tribes – Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indians

The Tribal Court Administration operates:

  • The Healing Canoe, a prevention program encouraging youth toabstain from using drugs and alcohol; for youth with drug/alcohol issues
  • a Peace Giving Court for substance abuse issues, providing mentors and talking circles, using the Restorative Justice model – a mediator-moderated process whereby the offender works to make amends with victim/society/themselves.
  • a Healing to Wellness Court, a drug court modeled after a 20-year program in Eugene., and expected to launch in June 2017. It is a Tribal problem-solving drug court.

The Tribal Court Administration tries to inform people of the referral process when a tribal youth has a run-in w/ the law regarding substance abuse, making distinctions between state courts vs. tribal courts. The resource is for tribal member and families.

The Administration also provides Tribal housing for tribal members. Those with substance abuse are not allowed in tribal housing but there is funding for separate housing.

The Confederated Tribes collaborate with DHS in areas regarding tribal youth.

Contact:
Diane Whitson
541-888-1306
cwhitson@ctclusi.org

Website


Bay Cities/North Bend Police Department

All North Bend police officers are equipped with Narcan and are trained by Bay Cities Ambulance to deliver it if a person is overdosing on opiates. The Coos Bay Police Department is working to also get equipped with Narcan.  “Narcan™ (naloxone) is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. It cannot be used to get a person high. If given to a person who has not taken opioids, it will not have any effect on him or her, since there is no opioid overdose to reverse.” [Source: http://stopoverdoseil.org/narcan.html]

The North Bend Police Department is working with Youth to prevent addictions. The School Resource Officer (Ed Perry) is back into the North Bend Schools. D.A.R.E will start the 2 term of 5th grade, where all 5th graders will participate.

On the enforcement front, it “Still feels like we are spinning our wheels” says Police Chief, Rob Kappleman.  SCINT is working very hard and is very active.

The North Bend Police Department is starting to use Restorative Justice Programs vs. regular court system for youth.

Contact:
Chief Rob Kappelman
North Bend Police Department
(541) 756-3161
opiateworkgroup@northbendpd.org


Coos Health & Wellness Public Health Department

The Public Health department is involved in drug prevention, working to decrease impact of drugs on youth and children. They are working on expanding Heroin/Opiate resources and education within the community for youth and using recovering addicts/counselors.

Jennifer Duever, a VISTA volunteer, is assisting them and they will be getting a Prescription Drug Prevention Coordinator. Thanks to a Prescription Drug Overdose Grant, they will be able to provide Narcan training for Bay Area Hospital, EMTs, and North Bend Police Dept.
Contact:

Florence Pourtal-Stevens
Coos Health & Wellness Public Health Department
florencepourtal-stevens@chw.coos.or.us
541-756-2425

For more information, contact:

Robert F. Kappelman, Chief of Police
North Bend Police Department
835 California Ave
North Bend, OR  97459
(541)756-3161

Char Luther, Executive Director
New Community Coalition
PO Box 1687
Coos Bay, OR 97467
541-244-0589
info.newcommunity@gmail.com