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RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 10 - Issue 6 - June 2020
In this Issue: Health and Wellness Summer Series I Alternatives to Opioids for Child’s Pain I Proyecto Latino TAM I Perspectives on Pain Management I Drug Overdoses Climb During COVID-19 I Opioids, Inc I Stigma Corner
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
Mental Health and Wellness Summer Series – Free Online Virtual Events
Pandemics can be stressful. Marin County health officials understand COVID-19 is frightening, causing worry and anxiety. Social distancing has drastically restricted community interaction leaving many feeling disconnected and alone. However, there are many ways to stay connected during social distancing. We just need to open our minds to the possibilities. Virtual gatherings and online study are great ways to keep connected. To help keep you engaged, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is proud to announce free online virtual events, Mental Health and Wellness Summer Series. BHRS provides many community events throughout the year, including awareness events, training opportunities, and town halls. Events are updated regularly, please visit BHRS Events for new happenings or download the Summer Series flyerEveryone is invited and welcome to attend! 
Drug Overdoses Climb During COVID-19 Pandemic. ODMAP reports a 17.59% increase in overdoses reported. Read the ODMAP reports: COVID-19 Impact on US National Overdose Crisis and The Consequences of Covid-19 on the Overdose Epidemic: Overdoses Are Increasing
Alternatives to Opioids for Children’s Pain
Whether your child has struggled with opioid dependence or other substance use issues previously, or whether you’re just concerned about the current opioid crisis, there’s good reason to want your child's pain to be managed by something other than prescription opioid pills. Eventually, your child might have an orthopedic injury or need a tooth pulled at the dentist, so what happens then?
While opioid medications may be effective for treating pain in the short-term, they have an extremely high propensity for addiction and do nothing to address its underlying cause.
The good news is that there are many alternatives to opioids that can help alleviate your child's pain. We’ve helped to spell them out for you and have provided guidance on how to ask your doctor about these alternatives:  What Are Some Alternative Medications for Pain That Can Replace Opioids or Are There Any Surgical Solutions for Chronic Pain?  
Learn more at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and read:
Management of Acute and Chronic Pain ~ Perspectives on Pain Management 
by Peter Behel, MA, Professor in the Psychology department, Sonoma State University 
While currently opioid use disorder treatment models are dominated by harm reduction,
medication assisted treatment (MAT) and behaviorally-based treatment assessment, the industry has been slow to adapt to the influence that neurobiological mechanisms exert on... 
Read more

Opioids, Inc.
The story of a drug company that pushed opioids by bribing doctors & committing insurance fraud. FRONTLINE / Financial Times
investigate how Insys Therapeutics profited from a fentanyl-based painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin. But as the documentary traces in unprecedented detail, the scheme fell apart: With federal prosecutors using anti-racketeering laws designed to fight organized crime, Insys became the first pharmaceutical company to have its CEO sentenced to federal prison in connection with the opioid crisis. Watch Opioids, Inc. to find out how it all happened.
How to address Stigma Effectively?
                   
Considerations to Consider
I’ve noticed a few PSA style ads for opioid treatment,  Mental health and stigma. Even beloved children’s show Sesame Street has created a series of videos that feature 6-year-old Karli whose mom is struggling with addiction. Sesame Workshop says it wants children to know they aren’t alone and give them the tools to help cope with the difficult feelings they’re having if their parents are suffering from addiction. Children have moldable, easily impressionable minds, and Sesame Street is the teacher. But this time, instead of teaching ABCs or 123s, they’re teaching children to view addiction as a disease. I like the Sesame Street one best because it’s prevention. That’s the best outcome. Prevent it before it starts. Read more...

Stigma Archive
  1. How Stigma Affects Substance Use Disorder: Treatment and Emergency Response   
  2. DRUG EPIDEMICS IN THE US – A Historical Perspective of Stigma
  3. Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, and Names WILL Hurt Me: How Stigmatizing Language Hinders Treatment
Drug overdoses climb during COVID pandemic, a 17.59% increase in ODs
Read the ODMAP reports: COVID-19 Impact on US National Overdose Crisis and The Consequences of Covid-19 on the Overdose Epidemic: Overdoses Are Increasing
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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, June 2020
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