Prescribe Safe: Combating Opioid Abuse


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"Montage Health recognized that Monterey County, California needed a way to control abuse and misuse of prescription drugs. It had become a huge problem, with many people coming to the emergency department for pain medications or arriving after an overdose.

In partnership with 20 other organizations, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, part of Montage Health, helped develop Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative (MCPSI), also known as Prescribe Safe. The initiative aims to improve safe use of prescription drugs; reduce inappropriate prescribing of prescription pain medications and sedatives; increase access to treatment for addiction; and improve education to the public and medical community of the dangers of prescription drugs.

Since 2014, Prescribe Safe developed these interventions:

  • Educating doctors, pharmacists and patients

  • Safe pain relief alternatives

  • Reducing exposure to opioids

  • Partnering with law enforcement

  • Reducing overdoses

  • Community outreach"


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  • Education

  • Opioid use

  • Quality of care

  • System change: Health care transformation

  • System change: Community transformation

  • Health System Transformation Oasis

  • Effective

  • Population-centered

  • Safe

  • Organization

  • Community/place

  • Policy/system

  • Broader community

  • Junior youth 13-15

  • Youth 16-24

  • Adults 18+

  • Adults 18-44

  • Adults 45-64

  • Older adults 65+

  • Older adults 65-74

  • Older adults 75-85

  • Portfolio 1 (Improving mental/physical health with patients or workforce)

    This portfolio supports health care organizations focused on improving the physical and/or mental health of individuals for whom they feel directly responsible (e.g., patients and/or employees).

  • Portfolio 3 (Improving community health and well-being together with partners for a specific issue)

    ​​​​In this portfolio, health care organizations work together with community partners to improve specific health and wellbeing outcomes for a place-based population.

Action Areas
  • Care management

    Resources to help a set of activities that help improve patient care and reduce  medical services by “enhancing coordination of care, eliminate duplication, and helping patients and caregivers more effectively manage health conditions” as stated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

  • Community partnerships

    Resources to support partnering with local social-service agencies, faith communities, housing organizations, and other community-based organizations that have experience with addressing defined social and spiritual drivers.

  • Community benefit

    ​​​​​​Resources to help nonprofit hospitals obtain tax-exempt status by investing in community and population health, in range of services and activities that address the cause and impact of health-related needs.

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