Healthcare Partners

Manatee County

Blake Medical Center

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Manatee Glens

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Manatee County Health Department



Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Englewood Community Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Venice Regional Medical Center

Sarasota County Health & Human Services



Charlotte Regional Medical Center

Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Peace River Regional Medical Center

Charlotte County Health Department



DeSoto Memorial Hospital

DeSoto County Health Department


Additional Partners

Drug-Free Charlotte Co.

Drug-free DeSoto Co.

Manatee Substance Abuse Coalition

Sarasota Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Work Group

Sarasota Co. Sheriff - Pharmaceutical Investigation Unit


Corporate Partner



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 ▪ "Health Care Facility Drug Diversion" presentation by Kimberly New [5-6-13]

 ▪ Prescribers and Dispensers: Register for E-Forcse, Florida's Prescription Drug
   Monitoring Database
 ▪ Videos:  Webinar and Panel Discussion
   "Addressing Prescription Pain Medicine Abuse & Misuse"

Prescription drug abuse - a bitter pill for Florida
Prescription drug abuse has been described as the most threatening substance abuse issue in the State of Florida. The number of deaths caused by at least one prescription drug increased 102% between 2003 and 2009. This translates to 7 Floridian deaths per day.  

SafeRx - a regional response
On January 31st, 2011, hospital CEOs and health department directors from Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto and Manatee Counties publicly signed a proclamation clarifying their collective commitment to work together to address prescription drug misuse in 2011.  This event followed months of collaborative work on behalf of these organizations to identify key strategies to impact this issue, including:

  1. Providing local data about the prescription drug epidemic in our region
  2. Increasing awareness of safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs
  3. Providing training opportunities to medical professionals
    • Addressing Prescription Pain Medication Abuse & Misuse: A Framework for Safe Prescribing - held April 26-29 for prescribers/dispensers

Complementing county-level plans implemented by area substance abuse coalitions, this regional approach reflects the unique roles and opportunities that our healthcare providers and health departments have in addressing the issue. Representatives from the participating 12 hospitals and 4 health departments are continuing to convene throughout 2011 to share tools and best practices and evolve strategies to address prescription drug misuse.

This collaborative and comprehensive approach is garnering attention from leaders at the state and national level.

Health Provocateur Project - spearheading SafeRx
The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) is spearheading this four-county, multi-healthcare organization agreement through its Health Provocateur Project, which includes CEOs of every hospital and health department in these counties. Since 2005, CHIP has convened these regional healthcare leaders, facilitating dialogue and urging this unique public-private partnership to serve as an innovative model for fostering and improving population health in the region.

Working in collaboration with local substance abuse coalitions 

Substance abuse coalitions in our region are working to build awareness and provide prevention services to reduce the impact of substance abuse, including prescription medication abuse, in our communities. These coalitions, along with CHIP’s Community Health Action Teams (CHATs), have joined this campaign to help create a strong, cohesive community outreach for our region.

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