RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 5 - Issue 1 - January 2020 
In this Issue: RxSafe Marin 2019 Success by the Numbers I YOR Grant Update: Community Convening I
National Overdose Prevention Network (NOPN) I RCHC Regional Convening of Opioid Safety Coalition I Fentanyl Overdose Risk Health Alert I  Stigma Corner 
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.


Happy New Year! HHS is proud to report on some of the impact programs & services had in 2019 on the health and wellbeing of the community. We love data! There are countless other examples of your excellent service, every day.
Opioid Crisis
50%:      The reduction in opioids prescribed in Marin in 2019, compared to 2014.
178%:   The increase in the number of opioid overdose survivors contacted for treatment within one week of an event, after initiation of HHS outreach program.
1,942:   The weight in pounds of safely disposed of medications in take-back locations promoted by RxSafe Marin.

Click the images below to review more HHS and RxSafe Marin Accomplishments

RxSafe Marin is working with YOR Grant Update: Community Convening     
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Marin County Office of Education, Tamalpais Union High School District Wellness and BluePath Health on a needs assessment, funded by the California Department of Health Care Services’ Youth Opioid Response project. The purpose is to understand the needs surrounding adolescent mental health and substance, and how high schools can serve as an access point.

The project partners have brought together a myriad of community partner organizations in this effort. The first community meeting held on December 2019, at the Marin County Office of Education campus surfaced specific community needs for improved screening and navigation to resources for mental health and substance use. The second meeting held in January 2020 helped to vet a proposed vision for spreading health and wellness models, universal screenings and resource navigation to all Marin County public high schools. RxSafe Marin and its partners will continue collecting community input and draft a final report with stakeholders over the coming months.
Are you working to combat drug addiction and overdose in your community? REGISTER HERE to join us in-person or via live webcast for an exciting launch event. Communities across the nation are impacted by the rising tide of addiction and overdose. Join us as we mark the launch of a national network to support coalitions, organizations, and individuals working on real solutions for prevention and treatment.
During this event, you will HEAR from local, state and national leaders about how to build a movement around drug safety in your community, LEARN the value of joining a national network to advance your programs, build new partnerships, and tap into new resources. and CONTRIBUTE to the design of a national learning community to support multi-sector partnerships working on addiction prevention, treatment and harm reduction The National Overdose Prevention Network (NOPN) wants you to be a part of the growing network. Join us in person at the Sacramento Masonic Temple or via live webcast (link provided after registration). Questions? Contact

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On January 14, 2020, Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) hosted a convening of Opioid Safety Coalition leads in our region to increase collaboration and build stronger partnerships. The purpose of the meeting was to learn what each group is working on and discuss how we can collaborate on similar projects in the future. Thanks to all the participants for engaging in the session. Organizations working on opioid safety from the following counties were in attendance: Lake County, Marin County (RxSafe Marin), Mendocino County, Napa County, Solano County, and Sonoma County. 
In 2019, there were 13 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Marin County, more than all prior years combined.
Similar increases are being seen regionally. Overdose victims may have been unaware of the emergence of fentanyl-laced compounds in the Bay Area drug supply and of the powerful potency of fentanyl. In Marin County, most people who died from fentanyl overdoses had ingested multiple substances. Alcohol, cannabis, stimulants and other sedatives are commonly found in toxicology reports related to a fentanyl overdose. This month Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis sent advisory alerts to Marin physicians, schools, and families. Read the letters from the Marin County Health Officer to Parents in English and Spanish here. Letter to Clinicians

How You Can Help
  1. Talk with your children and alert them to the current risk.
  2. If you think a loved one is experiencing challenges with substance misuse and abuse contact the 24/7 Mental Health and Substance Use Access and Assessment Hotline (888-818-1115).
  3. Clean out & dispose of your medicine cabinet regularly. Visit to find a disposal location near you.
  4. If you’re concerned someone in your life may be at risk for an opioid overdose, carry the overdose reversal medication naloxone (Narcan). Narcan is available without a physician's prescription at most pharmacies in Marin.
DRUG EPIDEMICS IN THE US – A Historical Perspective
The U.S. is experiencing an Opioid Epidemic that is more harmful is a public health crisis. Drug overdose is the #1 cause of accidental death in America, surpassing car crashes and gunshots. Over 70,000 died from opioid overdose in 2018.
It is important that society review past practices and tactics used in previous drug epidemics over the years. Science changes and evolves over time and it's prudent for officials and society to move forward with the change. Current data proves that medically assisted treatment, harm reduction and ending stigma as the strongest tools to combat the national opioid health crisis. Click here to learn more about U.S.drug epidemics in U.S. history,   
Click here to read about opioid addiction from an anthropologist's perspective.
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, January 2020
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