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Prescribe Safe

What is Prescribe Safe?

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. The Prescribe Safe initiative was created by Monterey County law enforcement, administration of the four Monterey County hospitals, and local physicians in response to concerns about prescription medication misuse in our county.

Drug overdose town hall

Town Hall: Drug overdose awareness

Monday, November 18, 2019

Oldemeyer Center
Laguna Grande Hall
986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside

Join healthcare providers, law enforcement, and mental health experts at a town hall about the dramatic increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Monterey County and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Deaths have more than tripled this year.


  • The drug problem in Monterey County
  • What you can do to help yourself, friends, and family
  • How to give the life-saving drug, Naloxone
  • Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative

Attendees will receive a free dose of Naloxone, provided by Valley Health Associates. The event is free and is for community members ages 12 and over*. No registration required. Space is limited. Questions? (831) 622-2772

*Naloxone distributed to adults ages 18 and over. While supplies last.


Recovery run

Recovery Run 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Marina, CA

We inspire our participants and our community to value an alcohol-free and drug-free lifestyle. Our goal is to bring attention to and encourage healthy lifestyles, helping to end the stigma of addiction, highlight successful community members in long-term recovery from addiction, create a family-friendly event in our community and raise funds for addiction research, education, treatment, and recovery.

Learn more and register


Participating organizations:

Prescribe Safe Logos

Prescribing more safely

Prescribe Safe

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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Drug disposal bins

We now have medication drop off bins at Community Hospital.

Medication bin locations - English

Medication bin locations - Spanish

Drug disposal bins - interactive map

Montage Health

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Montage Health Foundation

Montage Medical Group

Montage Wellness Center

Aspire Health Plan

MoGo Urgent Care logo

Community Health Innovations