An Opioid Safety Coalition for Placer and Nevada Counties
Our vision – RX Drug Safety is a physician-led coalition made up of community members and experts collaborating to prevent opioid misuse and abuse to help save lives and promote wellness in Placer and Nevada Counties.
Our goal – To tackle the growing problem of opioid overdoses 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 treatments and increasing access to Naloxone.
Lock. Monitor. Take Back.
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.
What to do if you miss Take-Back Day
Directions for RX drop offs:
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.
See the legend below to determing which take back location is closest to you!
To find what days and time the location is opened, as well as the address, hover over the take back bin symbol (green or blue) closest to you! This will provide you with all of the information you need to properly dispose of your medication and ultimatley keep our environment and community safe!
A note on Epi-Pens: unused Epi-Pen products are not accepted at Recology; only sharps and lancets. Additionally, Epi-Pens that still have the epinephrine inside the auto-injector must be disposed of at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste facility.
Click here to view the flier from One Big Bin. Their site can be accessed through this link.
Placer County Safe Disposal:
Nevada County Safe Disposal:
Symbol on Map:
**It is always best to call ahead to make sure that the location can accept your medications (prescribed or over-the-counter), syringes, or needles.**
Current Action Teams & SMART Goals
Community Based Prevention
Team Leads: Christina Ivazes- Health and Human Services of Placer County
Shelley Rogers – Granite Wellness Centers
1. Garner 100% participation for the California Health Kids Survey from all county school districts.
2. Give medication safety support to community organizations and to the public.
3. Community wide push – “Lock it up, Clean it out, Drop it off”.
Materials for Community Based Prevention:
1. Patient Safety Brochure
Data Collection and Monitoring
Team Lead: April Holland – Health and Human Services for Placer County
1. Increase physician participation in CURES 2.0 by 50%.
2. Track data of pharmacies prescribing naloxone.
3. Provide data collection methods and analysis for the other action teams.
Opioid Indicators for Placer County:
1. Number of waivered buprenorphine physicians
2. Waivered buprenorphine physicians who actively prescribe
3. Buprenorphine prescriptions per 1,000 residents
4. Opioid prescriptions per 1,000 residents
5. Morphine mg equivalents per resident
Intervention Treatment and Recovery
Team Leads: Ariel Lovett- Granite Wellness Centers
Nicole Nuyken-Ebrahimi – Adult System of Care for Placer County
1. Increase number of “x” certified physicians by 20%.
2. Increase buprenorphine prescriptions by 5%.
3. Increase clinics connected with Project ECHO.
Prescribers and Pharmacists
Team Lead: Seat is Vacant. Dr. Robert Oldham acting as interim lead – Health and Human Services for Placer County
1. Develop and encourage the use of Safe Prescribing Practices for various modes of practice.
2. Promote patient awareness of opioid dangers and alternative methods of pain management.
3. Work with payors to support coverage for alternative forms of pain management.
Materials for Prescribers and Pharmacists:
1. “There is No Magic Pill” Patient Campaign Poster
2. Primary Care Safe Prescribing Guidelines
Team Lead: John Poland – Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency
Sgt. Jeff Beigh – Roseville Police Department
1. Launch first responder’s naloxone pilot program in remote areas of Placer and Nevada Counties.
2. Encourage safe disposal of prescription drugs by installing prescription drop off boxes at various locations.
Team Lead: Amanda Gray – River City Medical Group
1. Launch first events that promote drug safety.
2. Promote the organization and awareness of the opioid crisis.
3. Utilize other action teams’ SMART goals and communicate these efforts to the greater community.