Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Public Health

First Advisor

Vanessa Lopez-Littleton


Community Prevention Partners (CPP) is a coalition dedicated to improving community health in the Santa Cruz County. CPP helps improve community health and safety through policies and environmental changes and is dedicated to prevention in alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs. Everyday more than 130 people in the U.S. die from overdosing on opioids. The opioid epidemic has affected the Santa Cruz county greatly as the incidence of overdose and abuse is rising. In the Santa Cruz County, there is lack of awareness on prescription drug safety. This project focuses on making information available to community members about securing, monitoring and storing of prescription medications. The information is delivered through a bilingual survey online and on paper, an informational class to Spanish speaking parents, and pamphlets. CPP will continue to spread awareness of prescription drug safety in collaboration with partnering agencies to the residents of the Santa Cruz County.