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RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 6 - August 2019
In this Issue: Grants Address Local Opioid Crisis I Regional Pharmacists Training I Law Enforcement Opioid Conference I AmeriCorps VISTA Paid Opportunity  
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
International Overdose Day is August 31st, Every Year
Marin Recognizes Overdose Awareness Day
The Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution recognizing August 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day. Our elected leaders have prioritized this issue since the launch of RxSafe Marin in 2014. Board members received a report outlining the coalition’s progress, including a 48 percent reduction countywide in opioid prescribing over four years.  The announcement, along with coalition plans to increase access for addiction treatment, raised awareness through local media including this Independent Journal article. 
Read the International Overdose Awareness Day 2019 Resolution 
National Night Out with Mill Valley Police
On August 6, 2019, RxSafe Marin participated in the National Night Out with the Mill Valley Police Department. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. This was the first year RxSafe Marin joined in National Night Out and our team brought out the hula hoops and face paints to entertain kids while educating parents about opioid safety, medication disposal, naloxone and treatment options.
Marin Search and Rescue Teams Join the Effort
The Marin Medical Reserve Corps (MMRC) has been conducting community trainings on naloxone (Narcan) use. On August 5th, MMRC Volunteer Marty Frankel and Marin County Substance Use Prevention Coordinator Melissa Struzzo presented a training on the Opioid Crisis and Narcan administration to a group of 74 Marin County Search and Rescue (SAR) members and guests. SAR teams are now equipped with Narcan kits to be deployed on their missions. Opioid overdose remains a leading cause of accidental death in Marin. The MMRC and SAR have mobilized to respond to this crisis. Thank you, Marty & Melissa!
RxSafe Marin Co-Sponsoring Community Forum
On October 16, local authors David and Nic Sheff will discuss their new book, “High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction” with moderator Michael Krasny of KQED. This is an incredible opportunity for parents and youth to understand the effects of drug use and how stress, pressure and confusion can trigger adolescent substance use in Marin County.
HIGH ~ Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction: An Evening With David and Nic Sheff, local authors of Beautiful Boy and Tweak
Date: October 16, 2019 - 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Cost: Free

Registration: Advance registration for this free event is recommended as it is likely to sell out! Get your tickets today at Eventbrite.
REGISTER NOW

Marin Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Marin County Pivots to Treatment

Opioid prescribing in Marin County has decreased 48% since 2014, when the county’s public health department launched a campaign to discourage overuse. Dr. Matt Willis, the county’s public health officer, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the decrease “is one of the most dramatic reductions of any county in the state.”
Willis briefed the supervisors on the progress of RxSafe Marin, a coalition consisting of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, health care providers, law enforcement officials and community members. RxSafe Marin was formed to reduce prescription drug abuse in Marin.

Read the entire article at Marin IJ
REMEMBER: Getting involved is easier than you think! Every individual brings an important expertise to this effort to help end prescription drug misuse and abuse in Marin.
 
1. JOIN AN ACTION TEAMClick here to learn more. 
 
2. SAFELY DISPOSE YOUR UNUSED MEDICATIONS. Click here for locations.
 
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4. LEARN MORE: www.RxSafeMarin.org
Looking for RxSafe, LLC, makers of the RxSafe 1800 and RxASP automation systems? Click here to visit their website http://rxsafe.com/, or email them info@rxsafe.com. Please note that RxSafe, LLC is not formally affiliated with RxSafe Marin.
RxSafe Marin Newsletter, August 2019
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