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An Opioid Safety Coalition for Placer and Nevada Counties


RX Drug Safety


Our vision – RX Drug Safety is a physician-led coalition made up of community members and experts collaborating to prevent opioid misuse and abuse to help save lives and promote wellness in Placer and Nevada Counties.

Our goal –  To tackle the growing problem of opioid overdoses and misuse in Placer and Nevada Counties by gathering multiple stakeholders to assess and create solutions focusing on the three federal priority areas: safe prescribing practices, medication-assisted treatments and increasing access to Naloxone.  



Lock. Monitor. Take Back.




What is Take-Back Day?

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

What to do if you miss Take-Back Day

Directions for RX drop offs:
No DEA registrants, illegal or recreational drugs. Medications should be dropped off in original containers. Remove confidential info leaving only the name of the medication. Containers should not be larger than 5 inches in height and not more than 3 inches in diameter.

Placer County Safe Disposal:

A note on Epi-Pens: unused Epi-Pen products are not accepted at Recology; only sharps and lancets. Additionally, Epi-Pens that still have the epinephrine inside the auto-injector must be disposed of at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste facility.

  • Western Placer Waste Management Authority
    3033 Fiddyment Road, Roseville, CA
    8am-5pm Monday- Sunday (916) 543-3983
  • Placer County Sheriff’s Office (Tahoe City Station)
    2501 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
    9am-5pm Monday-Friday (530) 581-6369
  • Walgreens
    12120 Airport Rd., Auburn, CA
    8am-9pm Monday-Saturday (530) 888-9235

Click here to view the flier from One Big Bin. Their site can be accessed through this link.

Nevada County Safe Disposal:

It is always best to call ahead to make sure that the location can accept your medications (prescribed or over-the-counter), syringes, or needles.

  • Grass Valley Police Department
    129 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA
    8am-5pm Monday-Friday (530) 477-4600
  • Save Mart Pharmacy
    12054 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA
    9am-8pm Monday-Friday & 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday (530) 477-6857
  • Nevada County Behavioral Health & Public Health Offices
    500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110, Grass Valley, CA
    8am-5pm Monday-Friday (530) 265-1450
  • Truckee Police Department
    10183 Truckee Airport Rd., Truckee, CA
    8am-5pm Monday-Friday (530) 550-2323
  • Eastern Regional Landfill (ERL)
    Hwy 89 & Cabin Creek Road, Truckee, CA
    10 Saturdays a year (call for dates) (530) 583-7800

Current Action Teams & SMART Goals

Community Based Prevention

Team Leads: Christina Ivazes- Health and Human Services of Placer County
Shelley Rogers – Community Recovery Resources

SMART Goals:
1. Garner 100% participation for the California Health Kids Survey from all county school districts.
2. Give medication safety support to community organizations and to the public.
3. Community wide push – “Lock it up, Clean it out, Drop it off”.

Materials for Community Based Prevention:
1. Patient Safety Brochure

Data Collection and Monitoring

Team Lead: April Holland – Health and Human Services for Placer County

SMART Goals:
1. Increase physician participation in CURES 2.0 by 50%.
2. Track data of pharmacies prescribing naloxone.
3. Provide data collection methods and analysis for the other action teams.

Opioid Indicators for Placer County:
1. Number of waivered buprenorphine physicians
2. Waivered buprenorphine physicians who actively prescribe
3. Buprenorphine prescriptions per 1,000 residents
4. Opioid prescriptions per 1,000 residents
5. Morphine mg equivalents per resident

Intervention Treatment and Recovery

Team Leads: Ariel Lovett- Community Recovery Resources
Nicole Nuyken-Ebrahimi – Adult System of Care for Placer County

SMART Goals:
1. Increase number of “x” certified physicians by 20%.
2. Increase buprenorphine prescriptions by 5%.
3. Increase clinics connected with Project ECHO.

Prescribers and Pharmacists

Team Lead: Seat is Vacant. Dr. Robert Oldham acting as interim lead – Health and Human Services for Placer County

SMART Goals:
1. Develop and encourage the use of Safe Prescribing Practices for various modes of practice.
2. Promote patient awareness of opioid dangers and alternative methods of pain management.
3. Work with payors to support coverage for alternative forms of pain management.

Materials for Prescribers and Pharmacists:
1. “There is No Magic Pill” Patient Campaign Poster
2. Primary Care Safe Prescribing Guidelines

First Responders

Team Lead: John Poland – Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency
Sgt. Jeff Beigh – Roseville Police Department

SMART Goals:
1. Launch first responder’s naloxone pilot program in remote areas of Placer and Nevada Counties.
2. Encourage safe disposal of prescription drugs by installing prescription drop off boxes at various locations.


Team Lead: Amanda Gray – River City Medical Group

1. Launch first events that promote drug safety.
2. Promote the organization and awareness of the opioid crisis.
3. Utilize other action teams’ SMART goals and communicate these efforts to the greater community.

RX Drug Safety Coalition Partners