For Immediate ReleaseAugust 31, 2018
RxSafe Marin initiative co-hosts special event September 12
San Rafael, CA – A national expert in opioid use disorder will be the featured speaker at a free special public event co-hosted by the grassroots RxSafe Marin coalition, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dominican University of California.
Dr. Dan Ciccarone of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine will discuss the latest trends in the shifting opioid epidemic starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Dominican’s Angelico Hall. Afterward, panelists including Bay Area-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Riebli will discuss strategies to address the trends on a local scale.
In order to better understand and address this pattern, Ciccarone and his UCSF colleagues have visited cities around the country to examine the rising use of novel opioids, changing drug markets and resulting public health consequences.
People struggling with opioid addiction in Marin have more treatment options than ever. Still, only a minority of people who need that treatment are getting it for various reasons, and drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in the county.
RxSafe Marin, closely associated with Marin HHS, has been at the forefront of making naloxone (also known as Narcan) more available countywide. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids during an overdose and restores breathing. All police agencies in Marin are carrying naloxone in squad cars these days.
RxSafe Marin builds on the work of community activists, Marin HHS, the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, the Marin County Public Defender’s Office, Marin County Office of Education and many other stakeholders. One of the first such coalitions in the state, the effort recently received innovation awards from the California Department of Public Health and the California State Association of Counties.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website