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January 2017 Newsletter

Join Us at the JTNN
All-Coalition Meeting


The All-Coalition quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9 at 10 a.m. at the Washoe County Administrative Center, 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, Building C, in the Central Conference Room.

The agenda will include:

  • a naloxone demonstration by REMSA,
  • data review from JTNN's 2016 Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan,
  • a conversation about Drug Endangered Children (DEC),
  • committee updates.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending.

For more information, please call 775-324-7557.

Naloxone Available
Without a Prescription

Nearly 19,000 overdose deaths in 2014 were attributed to prescription pain relievers, and more than 10,000 overdose deaths were attributed to heroin in the same year. Nevada ranks second in the country for units prescribed per 100,000 patients for hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet).

Most overdose deaths occur in the presence of others and can be prevented.

In 2015, the Nevada Legislature passed the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act which, among many bill components, 1) allows greater access to naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug, and 2) immunity under certain circumstances for a person seeking medical attention for another person who's experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose. Naloxone is available at area pharmacies and can be obtained without a prescription. Costs vary depending on the version of the medication (nasal, auto-injector, or syringe). Family members and friends of those who use prescription pain narcotics or illegal narcotics are now able to obtain the drug and have it available in case of an accidental overdose.

If your agency would like to receive more information or a short training, please email

The brochure below explains when and how to use naloxone. 

Click on the image to see full size version.

JTNN is Hiring

We're seeking a part-time Community Program Coordinator to provide education about addiction-related topics to various community audiences and coordinate special projects and events.

Click here to read the job description and find out how to apply. 

and Articles
of Interest:

Cambridge PD Getting Results From Program to Break Narcan Cycle

What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs

Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs

OxyContin Goes Global

The Opioid Crisis Sweeps Through Cherokee Nation

Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies


Where Opiates Killed the Most People in 2015

As Opioids Ravage the U.S., Teen Students Show Steady Decline in Use

2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary

Oregon Includes Marijuana Monitoring in Opiate Guidelines

Opioid Epidemic is Getting Worse, Says CDC

Former Execs Charged With Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Potent Painkiller

DEA Struggles to Keep Pace as "Bathtub Chemists" Create One New Synthetic Drug After Another


The Great Opioid Epidemic

One-Third of Long-Term Users Say They’re Hooked on Prescription Opioids

What's Next After Naloxone?
Check out the JTNN Calendar of Events here.

Click here for the JTNN blog.
Executive Board Members

Diana Lee, Chair, Community Member

Darin Balaam,
Community Member

Roger Bahten,
Vice Chair, Washoe County School District

Joseph Burfield, Community Member

Dianne Drinkwater, Washoe County District Attorney's Office

Greta Engelbrecht, University of Nevada, Reno, Sanford Center for Aging

Tom Green, Washoe County Sheriff's Office

Judi Kosterman,
Brain Treatment Center

Sheila Leslie,
Washoe County
Social Services

Susan Morrison, Protect Mount Rose Highway

Laura Newman, Community Member

Staff Members

Jennifer DeLett-Snyder,
Executive Director

Cortney Huth,
Youth and Community Outreach Specialist

Ann Murdoch, Bookkeeper

Jill Young,
Marketing Specialist

Community Program Coordinator, Vacant

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This publication is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

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