Action Teams

The strength of RxSafe Marin is in its community-based structure. Six Action Teams advance community-identified strategies, and lead and coordinate key community efforts. The Action Teams are comprised of stakeholders including community members, County of Marin, health care, education, law enforcement and business partners.
Action Teams Flowchart

Data Action

Lead: Karina Arambula 

Addressing the prescription drug problem in Marin requires an understanding of the problem, based
not only on anecdotal or qualitative information, but also on accurate, relevant data. Data Collection and Monitoring Team addresses this need by determining what data best describe prescription drug misuse in Marin County and tracking changes in community behaviors and prescribing practices. The Action Team partnered with seven distinct state and local agencies to create a report card with key indicators to inform RxSafe Marin strategies and allow measurement of impact over time.

Action Team SMART Goals for 2022:

Data Action Team SMART Goals 2022


Prescribers and Pharmacists

Lead: Aglaia Panos

Evidence indicates that prescribing guidelines for healthy and safe amounts of opiates can help improve patient outcomes, and limit the risk of unintended harm. Prescribers and Pharmacists Team is focused on balancing the benefits of medicines with the harm of over-prescribing, and the potential for abuse and addiction. The Action Team develops mechanisms to reduce the amount of opiate drugs prescribed in Marin by primary care and emergency department physicians and is furthering methods of safe in-home storage and disposal of unused, unwanted, and expired medications.

Action Team SMART Goals for 2022:

Pharmacists and Prescribers (P+P) Action Team SMART Goals 2022

Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery

Co-leads: Catherine Condon & Donna Reeve

RxSafe Marin recognizes that the epidemic of prescription abuse has left many Marin residents
in need of support for addiction or dependence. In response the Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery Team is dedicated to increasing age appropriate treatment services with access to healthcare, medically assisted treatment options, employment, and ongoing psychological and social support for those in recovery. Naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdose, is also being distributed to high-risk individuals.

Action Team SMART Goals for 2022:

Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery (ITR) Action Team SMART Goals 2022

Law Enforcement

Co-leads: Mark Dale & Kathy Koblick

Assigning responsibility and intervening when prescription drugs are used harmfully is often difficult. Working with law enforcement agencies and justice partners, the Law Enforcement Team addresses the complex legal and enforcement challenges related to drug diversion—the use of legally prescribed drugs for unintended or unlawful purposes—by establishing protocols to efficiently identify the sources of prescription drugs, establish a non-punitive mechanism to notify associated prescribers, and reduce availability for abuse and misuse. The Action Team also seeks to build bridges between offenders to needed rehabilitative services.

Action Team SMART Goals for 2022:

Law Enforcement (LE) Action Team SMART Goals 2022

Steering Committee

Steering Committee Co-Chairs: Nancy Vernon & Greg Knell                                                                                                                                  

Action Team Leaders form the Steering Committee with representation from Marin County Health and Human Services, Marin County Office of Education, and Healthy Marin Partnership. The Steering Committee provides guidance, support, and coordination between Action Teams, monitors progress, and serves as the public voice. Financial, technical, and logistical support is provided by Marin County Health and Human Services, and Marin County Board of Supervisors

Community Based Prevention

Co-leads: Cameron Henn & Christina Mira

Prescription drug misuse among youth, adults,
and seniors is tied to the beliefs that prescription drugs are safer and less addictive than street drugs. Prescription drugs can also be easier to get than street drugs, and generally with less stigma attached. The Community-based Prevention Team is committed to changing existing cultural norms that make social use of prescription drugs acceptable.

The Action Team focuses on educating the community about prescription drugs by raising awareness about dangers and addictions associated with misuse.

Action Team SMART Goals for 2022:

Community Based Prevention (CBP) SMART Goals 2022

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Youth Action Team

Co-leads: Lauren Jacobson and Jessica Mendieta

The Youth Action Team is dedicated to serving young people and uplifting the youth voice. As RxSafe’s work continues, it has become clear that more attention needs to be paid to the youth risk of opioid prescription drug misuse and that interventions must be specific to youth needs and circumstances. Our action team is led by youth and adult allies seeking to tackle opioid misuse, prevention, and treatment in Marin County.

We are always looking for more youth volunteers. View the recruitment flyer here


Action Team SMART Goals for 2022:

Youth Action Team (YAT) SMART Goals 2022

The Action Teams, formed around six areas of concentration: community-based prevention, prescribers and pharmacists, data collection and monitoring, treatment and recovery, youth action, and law enforcement, have developed measurable strategies across various domains to address prescription drug misuse and abuse.

Action Team Strategies

To date, RxSafe Marin has implemented the following strategies:

  1. The prescriber and physician group instituted county-wide guidelines (with the goal of becoming policy) to reduce the number of narcotics prescribed in local emergency rooms
  2. The data collection and monitoring group created a report card with data from multiple sectors to describe and provide a benchmark for tracking progress over time as prevention efforts continue
  3. The number of drug take back sites expanded to include county Kaiser locations and one additional police department
  4. RxSafe Marin’s process and progress is being presented and shared with various audiences to help strengthen community prevention efforts
  5. Marin County HHS is providing backbone support through their media team and part-time staff, as well as securing one-time funding through the Marin County Board of Supervisors, aimed at supporting action team implementation
  6. RxSafe Marin committee members are providing technical assistance to other counties and organizations to help establish analogous collaborative organizations