RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 3 - Issue 6 - December 2018
In this Issue: New Year's Resolutions I Wall of Change I Mandatory CURES Use I New California Opioid Legislation 
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
RxSafe Marin New Year's Resolutions

RxSafe Marin has set specific goals for 2019 (link to full sheet) here are some highlights:

In Marin County in 2019...
  • The use of medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction will increase by 15% 
  • Opioid prescriptions will decrease by 15% 
  • At least 400 doses of Naloxone, the medicine that can reverse an overdose, will be distributed to persons at risk
  • The amount of medications safely disposed of will increase by 10% 
Wall of Change Celebrates People Who Turned Their Lives Around

Explore the stories and perspectives around Marin County Probation's Wall of Change project. The "Ceremony" takes us into the annual recognition event, but allows us to hear transformation stories and perspectives along the way. The program honors positive lifestyles and motivates behavioral improvement. Those who have successfully conquered addiction, anger issues, post-traumatic stress or mental illness are added to the wall. Their photos and stories are framed and posted for visitors to view and to inspire hope in newcomers to the probation department.
Mandatory CURES Use Began October 2

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) was certified for statewide use by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 2, 2018. Therefore, the mandate to consult CURES prior to prescribing, ordering, administering, or furnishing a Schedule II–IV controlled substance became effective October 2, 2018. Here is everything you need to know.
California's New Opioid Safety Legislation 

Marin Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis moderated a panel with Kat DeBurgh, Executive Director of Health Officers Association of California; Dough Kobold, Executive Director of California Product Stewardship Council; and Jeffrey DeVido, Chief of Addiction Services at Marin County Health and Human Services & Assistant Professor at UCSF. Panelists discussed how coalitions can maximize local benefit from new state opioid laws related to prescription drug take back programs, provider CMEs for prescribing medication assisted treatment, and naloxone co-prescribing in California. For further information, see the resource list and legislation summary guide by the California Health Care Foundation. Contact to learn more.  (recordingslides).
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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, December 2018
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