RxSafe Marin Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 9 - November 2019
In this Issue: HIGH Community Event Recap I Día de Los Muertos I Fentanyl Resources I YOR Grant I CDPH Grant Awarded I DEA Take-Back Day 
RxSafe Marin is a broad-based community coalition dedicated to reducing harm from prescription drug abuse and saving lives.
Thank you to the hundreds of parents, students and community members who joined us at Dominican University of California and livestream locations throughout Marin on October 16, 2019. We were greatly honored to co-sponsor this important conversation with Nic and David Sheff led by Michael Krasny and introduced by Dr. Matt Willis and Mary Jane Burke. Opening up our community with these kinds of conversations to remove stigma and find solutions is truly a collaborative effort. If you missed it, you can view the full video on the Healthy Marin Youth Partnerships YouTube Channel.
Día de Los Muertos
RxSafe Marin installed opioid awareness altars called ofrendas at the Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations in Petaluma and San Francisco. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that began some 3,000 years ago and is celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage in the United States and around the world. According to tradition, the gates of heaven open to welcome back the spirits of deceased relatives for a brief reunion with food, drink and celebration. The gathering draws the community together to celebrate life’s most meaningful events, life and death in one spirit. Día de Los Muertos provided an emotional outlet for mourning. 
The 28th Annual Día de Los Muertos was held on November 2, 2019 at Potrero Del Sol Park in SF’s Mission District. It was attended by more than 15,000 people. In Petaluma, altars are installed in downtown storefronts beginning the first week of October and stay up until November 2nd. On the last day, people walk the candlelight procession to the closing night event at the fairgrounds. Participation in cultural events benefit the community as it allows citizens to respect other cultures, creating a sense of unity within a community. RxSafe Marin uses many tools to fight the opioid epidemic and public education is a very important component. To educate the public and raise awareness about critical public concerns it is important to go where the people are. RxSafe Marin strives to engage and communicate in many different diverse ways so that more people can hear the message.
Fentanyl:  Resources and Information in English / Spanish 
Many in the community may already be aware of the scourge Fentanyl has become. This synthetic opioid is more deadly than any other opioid and is the poster child for this third wave of America’s Opioid Epidemic. Knowledge is power. RxSafe Marin is encouraging community members to arm themselves with knowledge about this dangerous substance - how it works, what it looks like, and how to avoid it.

Here are some resources in English and Spanish from the National Institute on Drug Abuse outlining the key facts about Fentanyl. Learn the facts for yourself and spread the word among family and friends. 
Drug Facts - Fentanyl (English)
Drug Facts - Fentanyl (Spanish)
Youth Opioid Response (YOR) Grant
RxSafe Marin, with Marin County Office of Education, Marin Health & Human Services - Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Tamalpais Union High School District Wellness and BluePath Health, received a grant from Department of Healthcare Services (DCHS) to conduct a needs assessment. The project seeks to understand how Marin County can improve and expand access to prevention, intervention, and treatment for opioid use disorder, anxiety and depression for high-school-aged youth and their families. We anticipate finishing the needs assessment and drafting an action plan in spring 2020. For more information about this project and others can be found on the YOR California website.
California Department of Public Health Grant Awarded 
In September the California Department of Public Health announced that it would be allocating up to $1.5 million dollars annually to organizations that receive approval through their application process. The term of the grant is expected to be 32 months and is anticipated to be January 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022. We are happy to announce that RxSafe Marin has been approved by the CDPH to receive $255,000 over the next 32 months in order to maintain existing efforts and begin new programs. These funds will allow RxSafe to continue it’s work of preventing overprescribing, addressing and reducing stigma in the community, expanding the availability of MAT services, and promoting the dissemination of Naloxone all in service of preventing opioid-related overdose deaths.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back-Day will be April 25, 2020. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. 
The October 2019 Take Back Day brought in 882,919 pounds (almost 442 tons) of unused or expired prescription medication and vape devices. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to nearly 12.7 million pounds​. Read more about the most recent Take Back Day totals hereCheck DEA's official Take Back Day website for more information and to find year-round collection sites near you visit www.RxSafeMarin.orgThe service is free and anonymous. For the first time, DEA now accepts vaping devices and cartridges at any of its drop off locations during National Prescription Drug TakeBack Day. 

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RxSafe Marin Newsletter, November 2019
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