A cross-sector community coalition established to comprehensively address the opioid crisis in a county outside of San Francisco
Rx Safe Marin was established in 2014 once prescription drug misuse was identified as an emerging problem in Marin County, California. The goal of the broad-based coalition is to reduce prescription drug misuse and save lives. The coalition consists of a diverse group of community members, including law enforcement, physicians, pharmacists, elected officials, treatment professionals, public health officials, the District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office, and the Office of Education. The coalition is part of the larger California Opioid Safety Network.
The county coalition has five action teams:
- Community-based prevention
- Law enforcement
- Intervention, treatment, and recovery
- Prescribers and pharmacists
- Data collection and monitoring
These action teams meet regularly and report to a steering committee for guidance, support, and coordination between teams. The steering committee also monitors progress and serves as the public voice.
Rx Safe Marin has several initiatives, including safe medication and disposal, supporting the implementation of a pilot program to expand naloxone distribution, increasing the capacity for medications to treat opioid use disorder, and community education and prevention.
Rx Safe Marin has been recognized as an award-winning program model and more information on its impact and replicability can be found here. The organization has a strong social media presence and has disseminated several reports to the community, such as the ones here and here.