Reno – RALI Nevada, a new coalition formed to address opioid misuse and addiction across the state, held its first event here today. The launch event served as an opportunity to discuss ways to properly dispose of unused medication, including using everyday household items or specialized drug disposal pouches. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), a RALI Nevada partner, participated in the event.
“These disposal kits are an important tool and will be put to good use, but the most important aspect of our anti-addiction efforts is the broad base of community support,” said General Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA. “Too many people have died, and too many are currently at risk from the dangers of misused opioids. We can’t wait any longer.”
The event was hosted at the headquarters of the Nevada Realtors, one of RALI Nevada’s state partners. More than a dozen community and national partners, representing healthcare stakeholders, veterans, industry leaders, realtors and others attended the event.
One of RALI Nevada’s first efforts will focus on common ways that Nevada residents can safely dispose of unused medicines, which also includes taking advantage of state drug take-back locations. As a result of this initiative, RALI partners will have the opportunity to distribute 50,000 pouches to residents across the state.
About RALI Nevada:
RALI Nevada is a coalition of more than a dozen local, state and national organizations committed to ending Nevada’s opioid crisis. Members include:
* Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
* The CARE Coalition
* Community Health Alliance
* Community Services Agency (CSA)
* National Black Nurses Association
* National Consumers League
* National Grange
* The Nevada REALTORS®
* Nevada Health Care Association
* Nevada State Medical Association
* Nevada Statewide Coalition
* PACT Coalition
* Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
* Roseman University
* Veterans Against Drugs
* Veterans Health Council
* Vietnam Veterans of America