RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 7 - September 2019
In this Issue: Fentanyl Overdose Health Alert I Marin Senior Fair I National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day I COSN Sacramento Convening I Community Planning Meetings I Drugs + Our Community Conference 
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
Fentanyl Overdose Health Alert 

Marin County Public Health has issued an advisory to healthcare providers after regional law enforcement agencies seized a large number of counterfeit 30-milligram Percocet pills that contain fentanyl – not oxycodone hydrochloride – as their sole active ingredient. The tablets visually appear to be the pharmaceutical version—circular in shape, light blue in color, with an “M” stamped on one side and a “30” on the other side. Opioid overdoses tied to these tablets have increased since August 2019 across the region, including one case in Marin County last week. Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 40 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Talk with your children and alert them to the current risk. Remind them to only take pharmaceutical pills prescribed by their physician, and only take them as directed. Do not share or sell medicines and do not buy medications not prescribed to them. When in doubt about a pharmaceutical, reach out and ask your doctor. Read more. 
Marin Senior Fair: Visit RxSafe Marin at Booth #196

Come out and interact with the community at Marin’s 34th Annual Senior Fair on October 23 from 9am-3pm at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael! With 140 registered vendors and thousands of attendees, the Marin Senior Fair is the largest event of it’s kind in Northern California. RxSafe Marin will be there at booth number 196 with important information about overdose prevention, Naloxone access, and safe drug disposal, not to mention snacks, prize giveaways, and other goodies! This fun and free event will include live music, flu shot clinic, Senior Talks, transportation and parking shuttles. 
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26: Lock it Up! Clean it Out! Drop it Off!

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, October 26 from 10am-2pm. Most people who abuse prescription medications acquire them from family or friends, often from their own medicine cabinets. Getting rid of unused drugs safely is one way to protect your loved ones from falling into abuse or addiction. In Marin County in 2018, over 9,000 pounds of medications were disposed of at safe drug take-back locations. We can do even more!  If you can’t participate in the Take-Back day this October visit to find a year-round location near you! 
RxSafe Marin Shares Learned Lessons to the California Opioid Safety Network in Sacramento  

Solving today’s opioid crisis requires working together within communities to implement local solutions. The California Opioid Safety Network (COSN) is a respected network for coalitions, organizations and individuals working at the forefront of the opioid epidemic. COSN recently hosted a training in Sacramento to provide resources and networking for various community coalitions and their AmeriCorps VISTAs. COSN provides a forum for RxSafe Marin to share our lessons across the state and borrow new ideas from other coalitions. Learn more about the California Opioid Safety Network here.
Let Your Voice Be Heard: Behavioral Health & Community Development Planning Meetings 

The County of Marin is engaging in planning for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Plan, Continuum of Substance Use Services Five-Year Strategic Plan, and a Five-Year Consolidated Plan Housing and Federal Grants’ Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). You are invited to provide your input in an in person convening! Click here to see upcoming meetings. If you cannot make a meeting, you can fill out an online survey. This community planning survey is available in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. 
Drugs and Our Community Conference on October 17-18

The ELKS 1108 San Rafael is hosting a 2-day interactive conference on the negative impacts of drugs and how we can work together as a community to create positive solutions. The cost is $100, but scholarships are available. Seats are limited. The purpose of the conference is to work together to develop solutions to combat the negative impacts of drugs in four critical areas:
  • Abuse and Addiction and the Effects on Youth, Adults, Families and Schools
  • Mental Health Issues (e.g. homelessness, depression, PTSD, suicide, and violence)
  • Sex Trafficking and the Relationship with Drugs
  • Crime: Driving Under the Influence, violence violation of laws
Click here for event flyer
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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, September 2019
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