Published on April 03, 2017

Safe Rx Inland Empire Coalition | DOHC

Safe Rx Inland Empire Coalition Planning Meeting April 5

(April 3, 2017 – Palm Springs, CA)
There is little doubt that abuse of opioids – often beginning, legitimately enough, with a necessary prescription – has reached crisis proportions in the U.S. and beyond. That includes right here in our backyards, in the Coachella Valley and throughout Riverside County.

Based on the most recent data available, as of 2014, there were 6.14 opioid overdose deaths for every 100,000 Riverside County residents. Opioids have also been the cause of numerous visits to County emergency departments and inpatient hospitalizations for overdose.

Sponsored by Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC,) this inaugural planning session of the Safe Rx Inland Empire Coalition aims to meet the challenge head-on. Chief among the objectives of the Coalition are education, training, and communication among healthcare providers, pharmacists, and others, including those in the criminal justice community who seek to improve law enforcement for the good of the collective public health. The Coalition will also address issues like “pill mills” and “doctor shopping” that contribute to the abuse of opioids and other controlled substances.

The work that the Coalition seeks to do builds on that of the Hospital Association of Southern California and the Riverside and San Bernardino Departments of Public Health.

Participants at this event, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells beginning with breakfast at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 5, will enjoy a full day of speakers, planning sessions, and networking opportunities. At the end of this first planning meeting, the Safe Rx Inland Empire Coalition will have a start to the development of evidence-based, public health approaches to the abuse of opioids and other controlled substances.

This meeting has reached its maximum number of participants and is closed to further RSVPs. However, if you’d like more information, please contact Dr. Kawika Liu at or 760-320-4122, extension 1369.

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About Desert Oasis Healthcare

Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit