Generation Rx: Preventing the Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Medications (Insert Meeting & Date) (Insert Presenter’s Name & Affiliation) Generation Rx: Preventing the Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Medications At the completion of this program, participates will be able to: – Describe the scope of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States – Discuss underlying causes and consequences relating to the abuse of prescription medications – Utilize educational resources to raise awareness about this serious public health problem Why Generation Rx? Pharmaceutical Populism “culture of self-diagnosis and self-prescription” Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Past Month Use of Specific Illicit Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older: 2011 National Survey on Drug Use & Health, SAMHSA Past Year Initiates for Specific Illicit Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older: 2011 Total Rx Initiates = 3,921,000 National Survey on Drug Use & Health, SAMHSA Key Findings of the 2010 Partnership/Metlife Foundation Attitude Tracking Study 1 in 4 teens reports abuse of a prescription drug at least once in their life 51% of teens believe most teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from their own family’s medicine cabinet (The Partnership @ DrugFree.org) Would you consider prescription or non-prescription medications to be a safe alternative to illicit street drugs? The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study: • 40% of teens consider the abuse of prescription drugs to be much safer than illegal drugs • 29% believe prescription pain relievers are not addictive. (The Partnership @ Drugfree.org) Emergency Department Visits Mixing drugs can have fatal outcomes • Whitney Houston (1963-2012) – Xanax (depressant) – Flexeril (muscle relaxer) – Benadryl (sedating antihistamine) • Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007) – Chloral hydrate (sedative) – Klonpin, Ativan, Valium, Oxazepam (depressants) • Heath Ledger (1979-2008) – OxyContin and Vicodin (opiates) – Valium, Xanax, Restoril (depressants) – Doxylamine (sedating antihistamine) “Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data show” September 18, 2011 Ogres are Like Onions: They Have Layers Law Enforcement Regulatory Changes Drug Disposal Drug Addiction Treatment Services Counseling and Recovery Services Prescribing and Dispensing Guidelines Educational Prevention Initiatives Office of National Drug Control Policy Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan Focus Areas: 1. Education 2. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs 3. Proper Medication Disposal 4. Enforcement Drug Enforcement Agency Resources Get Smart About Drugs (getsmartaboutdrugs.com) Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine National Prescription Take-Back Days Educational Resources for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention www.go.osu.edu/generationrx www.cardinal.com/generationrx Twelve PowerPoint® Slides with Talking Points “Key Messages” Handout and FAQ’s A Toolkit for Teens: Discussion-Based Presentation Resources Games, Skits & Print Visuals Getting the Best Results from your Medications: Presentation Resources Interactive Activities Websites Adherence Resources Caregiver Resources Generation Rx University (Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Resources Created by College Students for College Students) Discussion-Based Resources Skit-Based Resources Evaluation Tool Visuals College students are often at high risk for prescription drug abuse. College students are often at high risk for prescription drug abuse. The average age when prescription drug abuse starts is around 21. Abusing prescription medications is a safer and legal alternative to using illicit “street” drugs. Abusing prescription medications is a safer and legal alternative to using illicit “street” drugs. Using medications like Vicodin®, Xanax®, or Adderall® that aren’t prescribed for you is against the law, can have serious health consequences, and can be addicting. Every 15 Minutes (Why prescription drug abuse is more serious than you might think) Student Workbook Facilitator’s Notes The Adderall Dilemma (Trxuth About Prescription Stimulant Abuse) Skit script Facilitator’s Notes Handout It’s Drug Abuse! (How the non-medical use of prescription drugs can hurt you) Skit script Facilitator’s Notes Handout Prescription for Disaster! InterACT Recording Student Activities Booklet Focusing on collegiate prevention and recovery August 5-7, 2014 www.go.osu.edu/rxabuseconference NCPIE Initiatives “Not Worth the Risk – Even If It’s Legal” Goals: Educate teens about the dangers of prescription drug abuse Educate parents about the dangers of teens misusing prescription drugs, the prevalence and what they can do as parents to prevent it Help protect health and welfare of teens Two brochures – Youth – Parents “Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do To Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse” What do we mean by “influencer?” “Natural,” credible mentors - - (e.g., as in pharmacy practitioners & students) Can take advantage of everyday opportunities to interact with teens / peers, opportunities for teachable moments, to incorporate prevention messages where teens are (e.g., schools, sports teams, extracurricular / after school activities) The toolkit and materials aim to: Educate teen influencers about teen prescription drug abuse: Extent of problem Teen motivation Teen access to drugs Warning signs and symptoms of abuse. Dispel popular myths about prescription drug use and abuse. Reinforce influencers’ powerful educational role Promote healthy alternatives. Provide tips for identifying teachable moments. Inspire action against prescription drug abuse [November 5, 2009 Contact: Ray Bullman, 301-340-3940 Amanda Crowe, 203-829-6219 Campaign Launches to Sound Alarm about the Misuse of Prescription Drugs Among Teens New Resources Equip Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Health Professionals and Other Teen Influencers with Tools to Prevent Teens from Abusing Prescription Drugs] Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do To Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse www.talkaboutrx.org Comprehensive online resource: Complete workshop module Credible information Turn-key educational Who can present? Parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, counselors, community and school-based healthcare providers, PTA groups and others Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do To Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse www.talkaboutrx.org Downloadable Presenter’s Guide, Brochures and Handouts A Resource Kit for America’s College Campuses Available at www.talkaboutrx.org Student leaders now have a new resource to spread the word about the negative impact of prescription drug abuse on their peers' health and safety. What’s in the College Campus Resource Kit? -- Introduction and “How to” Checklist -- “Get the Facts” Fact sheet -- 5 Things You Can Do to Address Rx Drug Abuse on Your Campus” -- Template news article -- What You Can Do: Tips for Engaging Campus Leaders -- Key messages for peer leaders (over dozen) Visit: www.talkaboutrx.org “Utilizing Business, University, and Community Resources to Target Adolescent Prescription Drug Abuse” • 81% more aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse • 87% less likely to share prescription drugs • 89% less likely to use prescription drugs not prescribed for them • 90% understand that using someone else’s prescription drugs could be harmful [The Prevention Researcher, 19(1), Feb 2012] Key Points 1. Prescription drug abuse is a serious public health problem. 2. Misperceptions of safety and legality often drive this problem. 3. Free resources are available to educate your community about this problem. 4. You can make a difference! 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