RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 1 - January 2019
In this Issue: This Is What Happens to Your Brain on Opioids I County Urges Pharmacies to Sell Overdose Antidote I Pharmacy Letter I Marin Doctor Linked to Opioid Racket I North Bay Mother Shares Heartbreaking Story of Addiction After Losing Son I National Drug Facts Week 
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
This Is What Happens to Your Brain on Opioids: Driven by opioid addiction, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Marin County Urges Pharmacies to Sell Overdose Antidote

A recent surge in fentanyl overdoses in Marin County and beyond has prompted an urgent local initiative to make the antidote drug naloxone more available to the public through pharmacies. Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said he’s pleased that 20 out of 36 pharmacies in Marin County furnish naloxone, a medication available in injectable and nasal spray forms that reverses the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdose. The widespread availability of naloxone, often marketed under the brand Narcan, can help reverse the trend of opioid overdose deaths. For Marin County resident Susan Kim, January 23 marks the sixth anniversary of her son’s death from an opioid overdose. Trey Lagomarsino, 23, died after ingesting too much codeine cough syrup. As an RxSafe Marin volunteer, Kim helped develop a list of Marin County pharmacies that furnish naloxone. “Anyone who’s concerned that a loved one could be at risk should visit one of these pharmacies and request Narcan — you don’t need a prescription,” Kim said. “It can give young people struggling with opioids another chance, another opportunity to stay in the fight to recovery.” Read more. 
Pharmacy Letter Sent to Encourage Every Pharmacy to Furnish Naloxone 

Our community goal is for every Marin pharmacy to furnish naloxone to anyone in need or to anyone who knows someone in need. Pharmacists play a vital role in our opioid epidemic response and Marin Health & Human Services and RxSafe Marin are here to support whatever needs they may have. Read more. 
Marin Doctor and Girlfriend Accused of Opioid Racket

"The California medical board is taking action against a Marin physician indicted on federal drug charges in Pennsylvania. Paul Michael Hoover is charged with 15 counts alleging oxycodone distribution; conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, methadone and oxycodone; conspiracy to commit health care fraud; and conspiracy to launder money. His girlfriend and office assistant, Marcia Ramsier Arthurs, was indicted on the same counts. The couple was indicted by a grand jury in Pittsburgh." Read more.
North Bay Mother Shares Heartbreaking Story of Addiction After Losing Son

A heart-crushed Napa mother who laid her son to rest earlier this month is sharing his story with hopes it will help save someone else's life. Amanda Poole Krueger’s son, Giancarlo Baldini died on Dec. 16. It was a heroin overdose that killed him. By speaking out about drug addiction through her son's story, Krueger wants people to understand that heroin abuse can hit any family. Read more. 
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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, January 2019
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