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RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 11 - December 2019
In this Issue: MAT in ER at MarinHealth I Sustaining our Progress Grants as a Key I
Remembering Fred Mayer I Haylea Hannah, Epidemiologist I Time to talk about overdose in Marin I Combating Stigma
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
MarinHealth Medical Center Treating Opioid Use Disorder   
MarinHealth Medical Center (formerly Marin General Hospital) has joined a statewide movement to initiate treatment in the emergency department for people identified with opioid use disorder One of the most important predictors of overdose death is a prior non-fatal overdose. Initiating treatment in the ED, with follow up through community-based providers, is proven to reduce subsequent overdose events, deaths and other opioid-related harms. This initiative, combined with ongoing outreach to overdose victims identified through 911 data, will contribute to the RxSafe Marin goal of increasing access to addiction treatment and saving lives. 


 

Read the Marin IJ article
MAT in the ER at MarinHealth Medical Center


Sustaining our Progress
RxSafe Marin is sustained partly through grant funding. The coalition is fortunate to be part of the California Opioid Safety Network (COSN), which provides the most current opioid information and tools to strengthen our work with other coalitions statewide. The last COSN convening for 2019 was attended by our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. The focus of the workshops was long-term sustainability and how grant writing can be a key component of coalitions’ success. RxSafe will continue to scan for and apply for relevant grant opportunities to advance our progress.
Haylea Hannah, Researcher shining new light on opioid addiction
Haylea Hannah is an epidemiologist on a mission to better understand barriers to addiction treatment. As an epidemiology fellow with Marin HHS, Haylea was mentored by Dr. Matt Willis and Rochelle Eremen and was integral to building RxSafe Marin’s data-driven approaches. Now a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Public Health, her dissertation seeks to understand the role of stigma and other factors that limit access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Her interviews with people living with addiction will provide important insights and inform strategies far beyond Marin. She is also evaluating the cost-effectiveness of policies to increase MAT access.

 





 
 

I’m interested in understanding individuals’ experiences continuing and
initiating treatment during incarceration, and if
they were forced to stop treatment, how that influenced their perceptions towards treatment in the future.

Remembering Fred Mayer
Fred Mayer worked tirelessly for well over a half-century to advance public health and was known in the United States as the Guru for pharmacists who work to build healthy communities. For 35 years, Fred owned the Sausalito Pharmacy and became a prominent fixture in the community, pioneering such ideas as taking customer's blood pressure inside his store, prominently displaying and promoting condom use, and banning the sale of all tobacco products. Fred led over 50 national public health campaigns, including the Great American SmokeOut (helping 50 million Americans quit smoking), safety caps on prescription vials, and increasing the print size on over-the-counter drug warning labels to increase readability for seniors. Fred had a proactive leadership style that helped guide RxSafe Marin and with his help, RxSafe Marin developed prescribing guidelines for safer opioid prescribing to help fight the opioid epidemic.Everyone who knew and loved Fred has a Fred story. From everyone at RxSafe Marin and Marin County Health & Human Services we say,  "Thank You, Fred Mayer, for everything you’ve done to make Marin County a healthier place. You will be missed." 

The Marin IJ featured Fred Mayer on December 14, 2019.
Click here to read the entire article
Fred was honored at the Marin County Board of Supervisors with a Posthumous Resolution December 17, 2019
Drugs, Death & Discussion: Time to talk about overdose
Redwood High School’s Morgan Salzer has put together an informative and defiant piece in their school paper in response to the death of a former student, Trevor Leopold.  While deaths and overdoses from prescription pills have fallen in recent years due to various efforts of the organizations in our community, drug overdoses are still the leading cause of accidental deaths in Marin County. As many of you may be aware, Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid created to be one-hundred times more potent than morphine -has been circulating through the black market, leaving havoc in its wake. This threat is very real, and the consequences can already be seen in tragedies like the one involving Trevor Leopold who graduated from Tam High School in 2019. The Leopold family wants to ensure that people understand the facts about addiction; it is a chronic relapsing brain disease, and it is often co-occurring with mental illness issues like anxiety and depression.

Morgan Salzer & friend

To read more, click the links below.
Trevor Leopold's Obituary

Article in Redwood High's Bark 

Combating Stigma
The stigma of substance use and addiction is a barrier to progress against the opioid epidemic. Stigma can lead patients to feel shame and not access the services they need and deserve, and family members may feel unable to share their experiences and seek support. Stigma among providers may cause them to lean back, and not forward, in providing equal and evidence-based care to patients using drugs. Stigma can be fought through knowledge and supports for community members and providers alike. In 2020, RxSafe Marin will be taking steps to reverse stigma and will highlight these efforts in this newsletter. RxSafe Marin has produced two videos in our early steps to reverse stigma, by putting faces to those impacted by the opioid crisis. Click here to view video

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.
 
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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, December 2019
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