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RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 4 - May 2019
In this Issue: Drug Take Back Results I MMRC Distributing Narcan I Progress in Treating Opioid Addiction in Criminal Justice I Local Opioid Response Highlighted I AmeriCorps VISTA Recruitment
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
Nearly 10,000 Pounds of Medications Safely Disposed of in 2018  

The amount of unused prescription medications in our community contributes to drug abuse, diversion and overdoses. In the U.S., 55% of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from a friend or relative. RxSafe Marin set an annual goal of increasing safe drug disposal in Marin by 10%, through a network of safe drug disposal sites county-wide. We were able to achieve this goal in 2018. Learn more.
Marin Medical Reserve Corps Distributing Narcan 

Opioid overdose remains a leading cause of accidental death in Marin. The Marin Medical Reserve Corps (MMRC) has mobilized to respond to this crisis. A team of MMRC volunteers has been certified to offer training to community groups in the use of intranasal Narcan, and provide free kits to those who may be able to offer bystander assistance in an opioid overdose. To learn more, or to schedule a training for your community group, congregation, or organization email rxsafemarin@gmail.com.
Progress in Treating Opioid Addiction in Criminal Justice

In response to the increasing frequency of opioid overdoses in state prisons, Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing for California to spend more than $233 million over the next two years to battle substance abuse in correctional facilities. This strategy aligns with RxSafe Marin's goal of increasing access to medication assisted treatment in all healthcare settings, including the county jail. The jail recently implemented a protocol to treat inmates who are in treatment with buprenorphine for opioid use disorder at the time of incarceration. Read more. 
Marin Highlighted Among Successful Local Coalition Models  

Marin's response to the opioid epidemic was highlighted at the RxDrug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta last month. The presentation, entitled "Think Local, Act Local," featured RxSafe Marin and Safe Med LA as examples of community-wide action through local opioid safety coalitions. The President and First Lady attended the conference, signifying federal interest in a response that's informed by successful models. The RxSafe Marin dashboard tracks our progress against established goals county-wide. 
Opportunity for a Paid Year-long Internship with RxSafe Marin! 

RxSafe Marin & the Public Health Institute with the California Opioid Safety Network and the AmeriCorps VISTA program is recruiting and hiring a VISTA to be placed in San Rafael, California. This full-time VISTA member's role is to support RxSafe Marin in a range of capacities, including project coordination, social media prescence, data analysis, and more. If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorp VISTA member, please go to the Americorps website or email RxSafeMarin@gmail.com for more information.
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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, May 2019
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