The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Resources for Community Action™ guide offers "at-your-fingertips" convenience to resources on a critical health topic. (Press Release)
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription drug abuse has devastating health and economic consequences on individuals and communities, with adolescents and women among the greatest casualties. Pain relievers, tranquillizers, stimulants, and sedatives are the medications most commonly abused.
Many communities know that working together with health care providers, educators, law enforcement, and community members makes for a powerful and supportive coalition to confront prescription drug abuse. Communities can embrace unique approaches to drug abuse awareness. They also can be role models for creating effective prevention and treatment programs.
Whether you need information for yourself, your family, or your community, you’ll find it here.
Resources—from web site links, brochures, and webinars, to videos and community tool kits—are organized in four categories, Awareness, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.
See the Directory to find out more about the organizations and web sites committed to educating the public about prescription drug abuse.
BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds, formerly the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), encourages healthcare professionals and community groups to foster patient–professional communication about medicines. However, BeMedWise does not supervise or endorse the activities of any group or professional. Discussion and action concerning medicines are solely the responsibility of the patient and their healthcare professionals, and not BeMedWise.
Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.