Virtual Red Ribbon Week Video

Next week is Red Ribbon Week!!!  Since we are unable to hold in-person Red Ribbon assemblies this year in San Diego, we created a virtual assembly video for elementary school children.

This 13 minute virtual Red Ribbon assembly is geared towards elementary school children.  It briefly explores each of the following topics that we would typically discuss/demonstrate at an in-person assembly:  a cartoon about Red Ribbon Week; police dogs and their senses of smell; airplanes and helicopters, lab suits used when cleaning up chemicals, and making healthy choices. 

I hope that you will share the video – in whole or in part – with your students.  The video can be found on YouTube at:


San Diego County DUI Deaths Break Record in 2021

DUI-related fatality crashes are spiking across San Diego County at a record-setting pace, officials said Tuesday, with this year's total marking the most fatal DUIs in two decades.

Local prosecutors and law enforcement officials said 35 people have died in DUI crashes this year, already eclipsing last year's total. In 2020, 33 people were killed, which was the worst such year in San Diego County going back more than two decades, despite fewer drivers on local roadways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The county typically averages around 15 to 20 DUI fatalities annually.

The DA said more than half of DUI drivers this year have had a combination of alcohol and another substance in their system. Among those cases, 30 percent involved cannabis.’


To view NBC article click here.

Free Virtual Webinar - Understanding the Impacts of Marijuana - Oct 20

Hosted by San Diego and Imperial County HIDTA. This free virtual webinar will feature Dr. Roneet Lev and Joe Eberstein. They will be discussing the impacts the retail marijuana market is having on public health and how that effects children.

Registration link here.


San Diego, CA – Marijuana and prescription drug interactions are increasing. In response, seventeen local pharmacies are taking the lead in a project to provide much-needed consumer information about marijuana, THC, CBD and interactions with prescription medications. Lack of knowledge and misinformation can lead to hospital visits. With this project, up to 12,000 people will receive information about drug interactions and cannabis products. This project is one step in developing campaigns that increase knowledge and awareness around this issue.

What: News conference to introduce the Cannabis Drug Information Cards and Evaluation Project

Why: Consumer protections for marijuana are lacking, leading to increasing hospital visits.

When:  Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 10am


Dr. Roneet Lev, Emergency Addiction Physician/Chief Medical Officer Center for Community Research

Dr. Seung Oh, Pharmacy Supervisor, Sharp Rees-Stealy Santee

Dr. Nirma Patel, Dir. Pharmacy Services, Scripps Ambulatory Services

Aram Penaranda, Pharm D., Pharmacy Dir. Allen's Pharmacy

Joe Eberstein, S.D. County Marijuana Initiative, Center for Community Research    

Click link for recording of Facebook Livestream of event on PDATF page.     



Marijuana and prescription drugs: a dangerous combination

Each time you pick up a prescription, your pharmacist might ask if you have any questions about how to take your medication or advise you about which other prescriptions might cause a dangerous interaction. Now, several local pharmacists, including Dr. Seung Oh, the pharmacy supervisor at Sharp Rees-Stealy Santee Medical Center, want you to also be cautioned that your medications could lead to potentially harmful reactions when combined with using marijuana, also known as cannabis.

To see SHARP article click here.