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 of safe prescribing practices, medication-assisted treatments and increasing access to naloxone.
Our Steering Committee – Our committee comprised of multiple leaders from our community including: Public Health Officers for Placer and Nevada Counties, the Placer Nevada County Medical Society, the Hospital Council, Sierra Sacramento Valley EMS agency, CORR, the Placer County Office of Education, ChapaDe, Coalition for Placer Youth, Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence, Roseville PD, Auburn PD, emergency room physicians, pain management physicians, and primary care physicians.
Lock It Up, Clean It Out, Drop It Off
National Prescription Drug Take-Back
April 29, 2017 – 10AM to 2PM
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.
Please check back on April 1, 2017 to locate collection sites near you.
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.
Placer County Safe Disposal:
Unused Epi-Pen products are not accepted at Recology; only sharps and lancets.
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.
- Western Placer Waste Management Authority
3033 Fiddyment Road, Roseville, CA
8am-5pm Monday- Sunday (916) 543-3983
- Placer County Sheriff’s Office (Tahoe City Station)
2501 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
9am-5pm Monday-Friday (530) 581-6369
- Truckee Police Department
10183 Truckee Airport Rd., Truckee, CA
8am-5pm Monday-Friday (530) 550-2323
- Eastern Regional Landfill (ERL)
Hwy 89 & Cabin Creek Road, Truckee, CA
10 Saturdays a year (call for dates) (530) 583-7800
Click here to view flier
Nevada County Safe Disposal:
- Grass Valley Police Department
129 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA
- Kmart Pharmacy
111 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley, CA
- Save Mart Pharmacy
12054 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA
Community Based Prevention
Team Lead: Robert Oldham, MD – Placer County Department of Health and Human Services
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: TBD
1. Increase physician participation in CURES 2.0 by 50%.
Click here if you need assistance with CURES
2. Track data of pharmacies prescribing naloxone.
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 Lead: Ariel Lovett- Community Recovery Resources
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: Katie Bell, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, PHN- ChapaDe Indian Health Programs
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: Troy Falck, MD- Sierra Sacramento EMS Agency
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.