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
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic those living with addiction will inevitably experience increased levels of isolation and stress. Please keep in mind that our response to the opioid epidemic has been hindered by physical distancing policies and increased barriers to SUD care. Sam Quinones has written about the grace that will be needed from all of us during these times. To see his article on grace for those living with addiction please visit the following website.
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:
Safer prescribing practices
Improved access to medication-assisted substance use disorder treatment
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.
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
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