Prescription Drugs (Opioids & Fentanyl)

Fentanyl Poisonings & Overdose

Resources from 2021 Fentanyl Town Hall

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Q&A from Virtual Town Hall
Fentanyl Resources List
Fentanyl Test Strip Instructions

Videos from the Nevada-Placer Regional Opioid Summit

As part of Granite Wellness Centers’ Youth Opioid Response project, we hosted the Nevada-Placer Regional Opioid Summit. This 4-part online series is facilitated by Dr. Corey Waller, a nationally recognized expert in Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health.

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Get the Facts

Prescription Take-Back Days

Placer County law enforcement partners participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take Backs every Fall and Spring. There are 12-13 sites across Placer County where residents can drop off their prescription drugs. During the 2017 Spring Take Back, 72% of participants reported that they did NOT secure their RX. This short clip by one of the participating School Resource Officers offers a good reason why it is necessary for everyone–even grandparents–to lock up their prescription medications and drop off outdated and unused Rx. To find out when the next Take Back is and for Take Back locations, call 916-258-2302 or go to:

Permanent Prescription Drop-Off Sites

In 2013 there were 852 prescriptions per 1000 Placer County residents! Keeping medications out of the hands of children and teens is critical to prevent prescription drug abuse. Visit Placer County’s Community Dashboard to learn more about Placer County’s health indicators.

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drug take back permanent locations flyer

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Early Marijuana Use and Opioid Overdoses

Early marijuana use and states with medical marijuana laws are associated with a higher rate of opioid overdoses.

Overcoming Opioids

The United States is experiencing an epidemic level of fatal overdoses among users of opioid painkillers and heroin. These overdoses killed more than 500 U.S. teenagers in 2015. With lives on the line, researchers say teens fighting addiction do better in special schools that use peer communities to support sobriety.