An effort to reduce the prescribing of opioids in Marin County is succeeding, and county health officials are readjusting their strategy for addressing overdose deaths to concentrate on treatment for addicts.
Opioid prescribing in Marin County has decreased 48% since 2014, when the county’s public health department launched a campaign to discourage overuse. Dr. Matt Willis, the county’s public health officer, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the decrease “is one of the most dramatic reductions of any county in the state.”
Willis briefed the supervisors on the progress of RxSafe Marin, a coalition consisting of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, health care providers, law enforcement officials and community members. RxSafe Marin was formed to reduce prescription drug abuse in Marin.