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 and can cause side effects such as nausea, severe allergic reactions, and overdoses which could lead to death. This class of drugs  consists of either prescriptions given to you by your doctor or illicit drugs found on the street. Some prescriptions include codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone. Use of illegal opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl (synthetic),are on the rise across the United States.

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. 

   


Action Teams: Our coalition has seven action teams which focus on different areas to address the opioid crisis in both Placer and Nevada's counties. If you want to become a member of any of the teams below, do not hesistate to email us and get on board. Click Here if you are interested! Also, please take a moment to check out the resources our teams have created! 

 


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

*Please see the locations for RX drop offs in Placer and Nevada Counties*

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). 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.

Location:
​​​​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 lancets.**      


 

Resources: 

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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