Prescribe Safe

Program Goals

The Prescribe Safe initiative works to:

Prescribe Safe Initiative

Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative, a collaborative of more than 35 local business and agencies, has been addressing the opioid addiction problem since 2014. By 2018, Monterey County had improved to have the second-lowest opioid-related death rate of any county in California. But, in the last several years, counterfeit medications have entered the market, many with a toxic or lethal dose of fentanyl, causing a staggering increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Prescribe Safe aims to save and improve lives by helping to prevent and address addiction.

Opioid Care Honor Roll recipient

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula received a “Superior Performance” designation, the highest award, in Cal Hospital Compare’s Opioid Care Honor Roll program. Cal Hospital Compare, a nonprofit organization providing Californians with objective performance ratings for more than a decade, recognizes this program with the goal to increase access to addiction treatment for hospitalized patients and reduce opioid-related deaths. Read more.

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How to help

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Free Narcan

Overdoses can happen to anyone, including first-time users. Pick up a free dose of Narcan/Naloxone, the “antidote” to an opioid overdose, from providers in the tri-county area.

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Contact us

Reach out to learn how Prescribe Safe can support your role in reducing medication misuse in Monterey County.

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Where it started

Reb Close, MD and Casey Grover, MD

More and more people were coming to our Emergency department seeking pain medications or, worse, after an overdose. Our doctors knew something had to be done. The result: Prescribe Safe, a countywide effort that's taking on the opioid epidemic.

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