Substance Use Symposium Brings Community Together to Reduce Overdoses

Published August 31, 2022

Local symposium will drive community collaboration to increase access and resources for treatment.

EMERYVILLE, CA (August 31, 2022) — Healthful, a company dedicated to delivering highly personalized support and guidance to patients, is proud to be a sponsor of the 2022 Solano County Substance Use Symposium. This first-ever symposium for the local community will be held on September 9, 2022, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in partnership with Solano County, Drug Safe Solano, Touro University, the CA Bridge Program, and New Start Recovery Solutions.

The Solano County Substance Use Symposium aims to bring emergency medical and drug treatment providers and those invested in County’s public health and justice systems together to strengthen community partnerships and develop real-world strategies to remove barriers to care.

Limited seats will be available for in-person attendees at the Farragut Inn, Touro University, 1310 Club Dr., Vallejo, CA. The symposium’s seminars, CE education sessions, and networking will also be available virtually with support from the HIDTA task force of the Drug Enforcement Agency. To register, visit:

“Solano County is home to more than 440,000 people but has just eight social model detox beds and, like most California counties, limited resources for inpatient treatment. This leaves patients few choices even if they want help,” said President of Infect Health and Healthful Strategic Advisor Andrew Smith. “Being on the frontlines of care provides insights that drive innovation, disrupt the status quo, and improve how we deliver care. This innovation and problem solving is the DNA and purpose of Healthful that we’re using to transform healthcare from the ground up.”

The symposium is the first in a series of collaborative working sessions organized by Healthful’s Substance Use Navigators. Funded through the California Bridge Program, Healthful’s team of Substance Use Navigators connect patients admitted to Emergency Departments due to a drug overdose with health services and see firsthand the difficulty individuals have in getting help.

The symposium’s agenda includes sessions by leading clinicians and experts on the following topics:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Regional Substance Use Trend Overview
  • Adverse Childhood Events
  • Transformation- From the ED to Detox
  • Fentanyl/Buprenorphine induction/Harm Reduction

“It’s alarming and sad to see the continuing upward trend in recorded deaths from opioid overdoses, which have more than quadrupled since 2017,” said Ramon Castellblanch, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Public Health, San Francisco State University and member of Solano Alcohol & Drug Advisory Board. “The data clearly shows that we need to do more to connect services across the healthcare and justice systems to provide meaningful help to people seeking treatment.”

“Being in the court system, we see daily the impact drug addiction has on individuals, families, and the community. Solano County faces both a huge challenge and opportunity in bringing everyone to the table to break down siloes and open more doors to treatment,” said Judge Daniel Healy, Solano County Superior Court. “Together, we can improve how we respond to help our brothers and sisters in their time of greatest need.”

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