Surprisingly, America’s most serious drug problem is in our medicine cabinets. Drug overdose death rates in the U.S. have more than tripled since 1990 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Every day, approximately 2,500 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time (Office of the National Drug Control Policy). Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a nationwide epidemic and one that Cardinal Health takes very seriously.
To address these alarming prescription drug abuse trends, Cardinal Health teamed up with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2010 to create the GenerationRx Outreach Initiative to educate parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, teens, college students and senior citizens about the realities and dangers of prescription drug abuse. As part of the initiative, the team created four informational toolkits, all of which can be downloaded for free.
The user-friendly toolkits include talking points, presentation materials, visual aids and thorough instructions to engage participants, and utilize games, skits and discussion prompts. Participants are encouraged to take action in preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse in their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
Visit www.cardinalhealth.com/generationrx to access the toolkits and learn more about what you can do to help.