RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 3 - April 2019
In this Issue: RxSafe Marin Partners for Safe Drug Disposal I Focus on Spanish Outreach I Synthetic Opioid Overdose I Purging Unused Medications I Raising Resilient Youth
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
RxSafe Marin Partners for Safe Drug Disposal

Every Marin resident can help curb the opioid crisis by safely disposing of unused and unwanted medications. This month RxSafe Marin has two exciting initiatives to support drug take-back. Ross Valley Sanitary District and RxSafe Marin produced this 30 second informational video airing throughout Marin. The message is clear—leftover medications can contribute to misuse and addiction, and need to be disposed of safely in one of the many safe takeback locations to protect our water from contamination. In addition, RxSafe Marin and partners in law enforcement are working to make it even easier to get rid of leftover medications this coming Saturday, April 27 from 10am-2pm. Find a location near you by visiting
RxSafe Marin + San Rafael Alcohol & Other Drug Coalition Focus on Spanish Community Outreach   

RxSafe Marin has partnered with the San Rafael Alcohol & Other Drug Coalition and their Youth For Justice youth coalition to focus on Spanish community outreach about the opioid epidemic. Together we've updated our Know the Risks poster, translated our Safe Drug Disposal brochure, and have reached 200+ families in the Canal with door to door outreach with this special community bulletin. Our shared SMART goal is to create community education presentations in Spanish. Our next outreach event will be on May 4th at the Fruit & Veggie Fest from 11am-2pm at the Marin HHS Wellness Campus. This is a free family and community event. 
San Rafael: Mother of 2 Dies from Accidental Overdose of Synthetic Opioid

The use of very potent synthetic opioids is an increasing trend nationally, and it hit home earlier this month, when a woman and her friends unwittingly ingested a powerful synthetic opioid in San Rafael. Unfortunately, the Pt. Richmond mother of two did not survive. Testing of the substance revealed it was U-47700, which goes by street names U-4 or euphoria, pink or pinky, because it sometimes has a pink hue. RxSafe Marin continues to track opioid overdose events to track trends and ensure survivors are linked to treatment. 
Raising Resilient Youth: A Parent + Community Event about Youth Substance Use Prevention on April 25th 

The Department of Health and Human Services, the Marin County Office of Education and the Marin Prevention Network welcomes Joseph Green for a free Parent/Community Education Presentation on Substance Use Prevention on April 25th. Joseph Green is a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, professional storyteller and award-winning poet, and a person in long-term recovery. With a background in theatre and performance poetry, Joseph seamlessly intertwines storytelling and spoken word poetry to inspire his audience to join him on a journey which uplifts the core principles of self-care, self-awareness, self-forgiveness, and paying your blessings forward to make a world a better place for everyone. He believes in the innate ability of story to connect people to their higher purpose and one another. RxSafe Marin will at the event sharing information to families and youth about the how they can help to address the opioid crisis in Marin.  
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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, April 2019
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