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 yer. 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.
46 People Die Every Day
from an overdose of prescription pain relievers
Preventing Opioid Overdoes Deaths and
Managing Pain Safely
Since the late 1990's, 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 major cause of death in America has increased so rapidly.