SafeRx Santa Cruz County is a coalition of social service, government, and healthcare organizations dedicated to aligning and accelerating existing efforts around safety, awareness, and best practices for prescription pain medication. This work is being done by shifting the culture of prescription medication from one of high prescribing and use, to one of judicious prescribing and improved health, while ensuring a safe and compassionate community for patients, medical and behavioral health providers, and all Santa Cruz County residents.

 SafeRx Santa Cruz County 

SafeRx

RESOURCES

History of SafeRx

SafeRx was originally brought together with funding from the California Health Care Foundation in November of 2015 to decrease opioid-related misuse and deaths by focusing on three federal priority areas:

 

  1. Safer prescribing practices

  2. Improved access to medication-assisted substance use disorder treatment

  3. Increased availability of overdose reversal medication (Naloxone, Narcan)

Today, SafeRx is maintained through funding from the Center for Care Innovations and Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Rooted in the unique concept of opioid failure (the medications have failed the patient; the patient has not failed the treatment), SafeRx continues to address the local opioid epidemic.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meets quarterly to help keep work groups on track
and provide guidance and support to initiative leads in meeting their goals.

Prescriber Practices Initiative

to develop resources for addressing the 3 federal priority areas: supporting safe prescribing, increasing access to MAT, and increasing access to Naloxone

Metrics Initiative

to develop a community dashboard with accurate, relevant, and easily tracked data

Community  Education Initiative

to develop and publicize patient and community education messaging around prescription medication safety

SafeRx Partners

 NEWS 

August 1, 2017

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PARTNER PROGRAMS

Central Coast Recovery Options

Central Coast Recovery Options offers an integrated partnership with primary care to merge Janus of Santa Cruz's expertise in opioid use disorders, provide the necessary resources, and deliver continued training and support in an effort to increase access to treatment. 

"Talk About It" Campaign

Community Prevention Partners' Talk About It campaign fosters an informed and compassionate county-wide response to substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. 

Prescribe Safe Monterey

Prescribe Safe is meant to guide, educate, and provide resources for our local physicians and patients in the safe use of prescription medications and promote safe and effective pain management in Monterey County.

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