Did You Know?


The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of prescription drug abuse fueled by unsafe prescribing practices, lack of addiction treatment options, and limited safe drug disposal options, among other important contributing factors.

Given that the causes of prescription drug abuse are multifactorial, the solution to this problem will need to be similarly comprehensive.

Safe Med LA is a broad, cross-sector coalition that is taking a coordinated and multi-pronged approach to comprehensively address prescription drug abuse and ensure the health, welfare, and safety of our communities.


About 1 in 5 individuals who started using illicit drugs in the past year reported that their first drug was prescription opioids

Individuals who overdose on drugs die an average of 31 years prematurely

Safe Med LA Coalition Updates

Among new heroin users in the US, about 4 in 5 reported using prescription opioids before using heroin

most People who misuse/abuse prescription opioids OBTAIN THEm from a friend or relative

Drug Abuse
is one of the fastest
growing public health concerns in the U.S.


Safe Med LA Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm

​Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm

2nd Annual Safe Med LA Stakeholder's Conference: "The Opioid Epidemic: Trends, Updates, Where We Stand Now"

​California Pharmacist Opioid Safety Training
One-hour CME class for pharmacists on safe dispensing of opioid medications. Learn more about:
- The extent of the opioid epidemic
- How to identify red flags in handling opioid prescriptions
- Details about the CURES 2.0 registration requirements
- Regulations about furnishing naloxone, and more!​

​MAT Resource Library - A practical toolkit for providers interested in establishing MAT programs​​

One accidental overdose death can be prevented for every 164 Naloxone kits distributed

Working Together to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose Deaths