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GenerationRx

Prescription medications are among the most misused substances in the United States. According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the misuse of various types of prescription drugs exceeds use for all illicit “street” drugs combined, except marijuana, and the number of people first misusing a prescription drug far exceeds those initiating marijuana use. “Prescription drugs can help us live longer and healthier lives, but only if they are used properly under medical supervision,” said Kenneth Hale, RPh, PhD, co-director of Generation Rx and clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University. “Traditional college students are at the average age when prescription drug misuse starts, and peer-facilitated education about the real dangers of misuse can be a powerful means of prevention.”

To address this important topic, Alpha Chi Omega, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu and Zeta Tau Alpha have partnered with GenerationRx and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery to provide a new peer-facilitated workshop - Safe Medication Practices for Life - focusing on raising awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the potential it has to derail a student's college career and beyond. The workshop provides specific guidance on the dangers of misusing opioid pain medications and prescription stimulants and helps participants understand and apply safe medication practices.

Safe Medication Practices for Life (facilitator notes) and Safe Medication for Life presentation

GenerationRx

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