Welcome to the Placer-Nevada Rx Drug Safety Coalition!

An Opioid Safety Coalition for Placer and Nevada Counties

Placer- Nevada Rx Drug Safety Coalition is a non-profit organization that focuses on opioid prescription safety and increasing the awareness of local resources for the opioid crisis in Placer and Nevada Counties. 


Our Goal: To tackle the growing problem of opioid overdose 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 treatment (MAT) and increasing access to naloxone.  


What are Opioids?

Opioids are drugs that help reduce pain and can cause side effects such as nausea, severe allergic reactions, and overdoses which could lead to death. This class of drugs  consists of either prescriptions given to you by your doctor or illicit drugs found on the street. Some prescriptions include codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone. Use of illegal opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl (synthetic),are on the rise across the United States.

Local Level:


Action Teams: Our coalition has seven action teams which focus on different areas to address the opioid crisis in both Placer and Nevada's counties. If you want to become a member of any of the teams below, do not hesistate to email us and get on board. Click Here if you are interested! Also, please take a moment to check out the resources our teams have created! 


Materials for Community Based Prevention:

1. Patient Safety Brochure

Materials for Prescribers and Pharmacists:

1. Primary Care Safe Prescribing Guidelines

2. PNCMS "Got Pain?" Poster

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

*Please see the locations for RX drop offs in Placer and Nevada Counties*

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.

See the legend below to determing which take back location is closest to you!

To find what days and time the location is opened, as well as the address, hover over the take back bin symbol (green or blue) closest to you! This will provide you with all of the information you need to properly dispose of your medication and ultimatley keep our environment and community safe!  

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.

​​​​Placer County Safe Disposal:
Nevada County Safe Disposal:

Symbol on Map:

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


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