Drug Take Back Day Returns To Napa County

The Police Departments of Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga, Yountville, and American Canyon; the Napa County Sheriff’s Office; Kaiser Permanente and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host collection events for unused medication and sharps on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm, at several locations throughout Napa County.

Residents are encouraged to bring their unused or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications to one of six collection locations. Leftover prescription and over-the-counter drugs stored at home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs, such as opioid medications, are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  For those who cannot make it to Drug Take Back Day, disposal options are available in the link below.

October 26th Collection Event Sites:

American Canyon Police Department
911 Donaldson Way East, American Canyon 

Napa County Sheriff’s Office
1535 Airport Blvd, Napa

Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices – East Parking Lot
3285 Claremont Way, Napa

Yountville Police Department
1950 Mulberry Street, Yountville

St. Helena Police Department
1480 Main Street, St. Helena

Calistoga Police Department
1235 Washington Street, Calistoga 

Medication Disposal Sites
Sharps Disposal Sites
International Suicide Survivor's Day Conference on November 23
If you or your patient have lost a loved one to suicide, this conference will provide a day of hope and healing, where talking about suicide and being able to process grief in a safe environment can be instrumental in the healing process.  This FREE half-day event on Saturday, November 23 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm is offered in English and Spanish, includes a continental breakfast, and features presentations about suicide loss and grief, a film, and activities.  Therapists and a registered therapy dog will be on hand to offer support to those in need.  Many loss survivors who attend and participate in a Survivor's Day event find deep connection with others who have had similar experiences and develop a new understanding of their grief, with the realization they are not alone.

This event will take place at Queen of the Valley Medical Center Main Conference Room, 1000 Trancas Street in Napa.

This event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Napa County Suicide Prevention Council and Queen of the Valley Medical Center.  Register in the link below or contact Denise Bleuel at 707-226-9838 or Registration will also be accepted at the door.
Suicide Survivor's Day Conference Registration
Influenza Report

In week 41, influenza-like illness (ILI) is currently at 0.0% at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. There are no current outbreaks to report.

Healthcare providers should test for influenza using PCR and treat patients empirically with ILI symptoms who are hospitalized, severely ill, or at high risk for complications with a neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral agent (e.g., oseltamivir, zanamivir) as soon as possible.  For outpatients at lower risk of flu complications, consider testing for influenza using PCR or rapid detection tests prior to prescribing antiviral treatment.    

Healthcare providers should continue to report the following using the Confidential Morbidity Report to the Communicable Diseases Control Program at (707) 299-1499. 

  • any influenza or acute respiratory illness outbreaks
  • lab-confirmed influenza deaths in patients aged 0-64 years
  • lab-confirmed influenza ICU cases in patients aged 0-64 years
  • RSV deaths in children <5 years of age

Free Flu Shots for Patients and Reminder for Healthcare Providers

Napa County Public Health is offering free flu vaccines at various locations across the county until November 6.  Please refer patients or staff if they are unable to get flu shots in your medical practices. 

Additionally, on October 7, 2019, a Health Officer order was issued to health care providers, medical practices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and EMS providers that requires each health care facility to receive an annual flu vaccine or to wear a mask, which will be effective from November 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. 

Vaccination or Masking Order
Flu Clinic Schedule
Message from Dr. Karen Relucio, Health Officer
The October edition features our first flu report for the 2019-20 flu season.  October 26, 2019 is Drug Take Back Day, which gives residents an opportunity to dispose expired or excess medications and syringes and needles for free, which decreases the risk of diversion.  With the opioid epidemic, proper medication disposal is one of several key strategies to decrease the supply available for misuse.   Additionally, Napa County Public Health will continue to offer free flu shots in our community clinics. There is an opportunity to register for a Suicide Survivor's Day conference which will take place on November 23, 2019.
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