Your community uses prescription drugs more safely thanks to the Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative, a partnership between Montage Health, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and 30 other local organizations. Deaths due to opioid overdoses have fallen over the last few years, and use of non-opioid pain relief options has risen — making Prescribe Safe a model other communities follow. With your support, we can keep the momentum going and save more lives.
This initiative works to:
- Improve safety of prescription drugs
- Reduce inappropriate prescribing of pain medications and sedatives
- Increase access to treatment for addiction
- Teach the public and medical professionals about the potential dangers of prescription drugs
What we do
- Educates doctors and pharmacists with events, resources, meetings, and prescribing guidelines. If you’re a healthcare provider, view Prescribe Safe resources for medical professionals
- Educates patients and the community with town halls, school events, and brochures about the risk of opioids. Read Prescribe Safe resources for patients, family members, and community members
- Promotes safe pain relief, including through our pioneering work as the nation’s first emergency department to use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units for pain
- Promotes drug take-backs and use of safe disposal bins
- Partners with law enforcement to help people with addictions
- Provides naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, to law enforcement and to patients with opioid prescriptions
Learn more about Prescribe Safe’s interventions [PDF], and view a story about how we’re combating opioid abuse.
Since launching in 2014, Prescribe Safe has contributed to:
- More than 50 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions in outpatient clinics
- More than 300 percent increase in the use of opioid alternatives in Community Hospital’s Emergency department
- Drastic decrease in opioid overdose death rate in Monterey County, which went from an above-average rate in 2012 to the third-lowest rate of California’s 53 counties in 2017
View a timeline [PDF] of our milestones. To see current data about opioid overdoses in the state, visit the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard website.
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