Rx Spotlight


President Biden nominated Dr. Rahul Gupta to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. If confirmed by the senate, Gupta will be the first physician to serve as drug czar. From the article linked below, Gupta was quoted: "As a physician, I have seen firsthand the heartbreaking toll of addiction and overdose in all our communities, but I have also seen how we can save lives if we understand the individuals behind the statistics and meet them where they are with high-quality, evidence-based care and services.” Learn more about Gupta's nomination in the article below.


Rx Take Back Information:

October 23rd, 2021 is the next DEA National Rx Take Back Day! Check the DEA's website for more information by clicking HERE, since they continuously update this site as new locations register. In the meantime, scroll down to learn more about DEA Take Back Days OR to find a permanent safe disposal site near you. 

What is Take-Back Day?

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

No DEA registrants, illegal or recreational drugs. Medications should be dropped off in original containers. Remove confidential info leaving only the name of the medication. Containers should not be larger than 5 inches in height and not more than 3 inches in diameter.

What to do in between National Take-Back Days:

No need to wait for the next take-back day! Find a safe, permanent dropoff site near you. Please see the locations for RX drop offs in Placer and Nevada Counties on the page below, or check on the DEA website

Welcome to the Placer-Nevada Rx Drug Safety Coalition!

An Opioid Safety Coalition for Placer and Nevada Counties

Placer-Nevada Rx Drug Safety Coalition is a non-profit organization that focuses on opioid prescription safety and increasing the awareness of local resources for the opioid crisis in Placer and Nevada Counties. 


Our Goal: To tackle the growing problem of opioid overdose and misuse in Placer and Nevada Counties by gathering multiple stakeholders to assess and create solutions focusing on the three federal priority areas: safe prescribing practices, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and increasing access to naloxone.  


What are opioids?

Opioids are drugs that help reduce pain. Opioids can be prescribed for pain management but also exist in illicit forms. Some prescription opioids include codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone.  Opioids can cause side effects such as nausea, severe allergic reactions, and overdoses which could lead to death. The use of illegal opioids such as heroin and fentanyl continues to rise across the United States. 


Why should communities be knowledgable about opioid safety?

Opioids affect people in all kinds of communities, including Placer and Nevada Counties. Opioid misuse is not limited by race, age, wealth status, health status, or geographical location. This creates the potential for collaborative efforts across communities, throughout various sectors, and among numerous people--which is the goal of the Placer-Nevada Rx Drug Safety Coalition. Keep reading to learn more about the scope and status of the opioid epidemic in California.


How is Placer-Nevada County Rx Drug Safety taking charge against opioid misuse and overdoses? 

Through our Action Teams! Our coalition has seven action teams which focus on different areas to address the opioid crisis in both Placer and Nevada counties. If you want to learn more about or become a member of any of the teams below, please email us at rxdrugsafety@gmail.com or click here! We look forward to working with you!


Local Level:

Would you like to see the numbers of overdoses, hospital visits, and the number of opiods prescribed in our two counties? Thanks to the California Department of Public Health for creating an Opiod Overdose Surviellence Dashboard. Click here to be rederected to their page. Below are graphs of the number of deaths from heroin, fentanyl, and opiods overdoses in both Placer and Nevada Counties since 2009. 






Permanent Drop-Off Locations

Please reference the above map from https://www.dontrushtoflush.org/ for frequently updated permanent drug takeback bin locations throughout California. With an evergrowing number of permanent dropoff locations, there is no need to wait for biannual takeback days to safely dispose of prescription drugs! For more information about what can go into bins, how to properly dispose of medications, and more information about the drug takeback program, please click here.


Action Team Material

Materials for Community Based Prevention:

Patient Safety Brochure

Materials for Prescribers and Pharmacists:                                                                                                               

Primary Care Guidelines Flowchart                    PNCMS "Got Pain?" Poster  



DHCS & CPSC Drug Take-Back Program

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The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) are proud to announce the federal grant-funded California Statewide Drug Take-Back Program to help combat the opioid crisis and reduce the misuse of medications.  This program will expand options for the public to safely discard unwanted medicines with a statewide network of take-back receptacles (bins).  The program will also promote DHCS’ medication mail-back envelope program. 


Applications are now being accepted for free bins with paid disposal through the start of SB 212 in 2022.  The bins can remain on the property of the host location beyond the duration of the grant.  Pharmacies, hospitals, and law enforcement departments interested in participating in this program and receiving a free medicine collection bin may complete the application here.


Naloxone Utililization Reports Provided by S-SV EMS

Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency (S-SV EMS) provides updated reports on overdoses and naloxone utilization in multiple counties. Click the image above to access EMS System Data and QI reports for both 2019 and 2020.


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