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RxSafe Marin is a coalition of community members and experts collaboratively addressing the local prescription drug misuse and abuse epidemic.

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New Changes to County Social Host Ordinance

Since 2006, Marin County's Social Host Accountability Ordinance has helped deter underage drinking. The ordinance holds adults responsible for underage drinking use of alcohol and other controlled substances in their households, whether or not the adults are present. On June 13, 2017 the County Board of Supervisors enacted new changes to the ordinance:
  • Adults will be held accountable for underage marijuana use in their households.
  • Party hosts will be liable and subject to fines even when the party location is a rented bus or limousine.
  • All offenders under the age of 21 are mandated to graduate from a restorative justice program.
Learn more about the ordinance and access additional resources at:

Last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report highlighting decreases in opioid prescribing nationally. Historically, Marin County has had a higher burden of opioid prescribing than California, contributing to high opioid overdoses.  A 30 percent decrease in prescribed opioids over the past three years in Marin exceeds the modest state downward trend, and shows the impact of our local safe prescribing efforts.  

Elephant Tranquilizer New Threat

Marin County's Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS) is monitoring drug overdoses and use of naloxone (Narcan) to prevent deaths.  This month, we received the first report of an overdose from Carfentanil.  Carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.  It can cause overdose in accidental exposures to particles through skin or inhaled.  This is a reminder to take a substance use and overdose history and to prescribe naloxone for patients at risk for overdose.

Novato PD Latest Addition to Police Naloxone Program 

In partnership with Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS), Novato Police officers have received training in the use of Naloxone. Naloxone is a nasal spray which almost instantly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. In the past, Naloxone could only be administered in the field by emergency medical personnel. Marin County HHS Dr. Jeff Devido coordinated the training sessions and HHS provided the nasal spray kits now carried in all patrol cars, police motorcycles, and detective vehicles. Novato joins a growing list of jurisdictions who are training their officers and adding Naloxone to their squad cars: San Rafael, Central Marin, and Fairfax. 
Click HERE to register for the training.
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, Volume 3 - Issue 3 - July 2017
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