In Santa Cruz County, enough opioid medications are prescribed for every man, woman, and child to medicate themselves around the clock for six weeks of each year. As a coalition of interdisciplinary organizations, SafeRx has been working in collaboration with doctors, pharmacists, and other community members to promote prevention of unsafe prescribing and substance use practices.
The Let's Talk booklet is a collaborative effort between organizations in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. The booklets were adapted from Rx Safe Marin's booklets of the same name, and they will be distributed in Fall 2022 to provide a resource for Tri-County families about adolescent mental health and substance use.
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Folleto en Español
LET'S TALK BOOKLETS
See this link for our padlet with resources for youth and families, healthcare providers, grieving loved ones, and to learn information about Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT), and resources for Spanish speakers. All resources are also available in Spanish.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
OPIOID SAFETY DATA REPORT
46 People Die Every Day
from an overdose of prescription pain relievers
Preventing Overdose Deaths and Managing Pain Safely
Since the late 1990s, opioid use has skyrocketed across America. In 2014, 18,893 Americans died from prescription opioid overdoses—more deaths than any previous year, and more than quadruple the deaths in 1999. Almost no other cause of death in America has increased so rapidly.
Medication and Sharps Resources
Feel Better Spanish