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Last Updated
April 16, 2014
Prescription (Rx) Abuse Prevention Programs > Overview
Overview | College Resource Kit | Teen Influencer Workshop | Not Worth the Risk - Even If It's Legal

Taking Action to Prevent & Address Prescription Drug Abuse: A Resource Kit for America's College Campuses*

Resource Kit PDFsAlthough alcohol abuse and binge drinking still top the list of substance abuse issues on college campuses, the non-medical use of prescription drugs — most notably stimulants, sedatives, pain relievers and antidepressants — is a serious, often unaddressed problem. This new kit will help to inform and mobilize college campuses to raise awareness about and address the misuse and abuse of prescription medicines. The downloadable handouts in the resource kit are designed to equip peer educators and campus leaders – residence assistants, peer health educators, campus leaders in student government, Greek life or campus clubs, and captains of athletic teams among others — with timely and practical informational resources and programming ideas to educate college students about prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment, and also to help build skills so that students can take action against it.

These materials complement the two earlier NCPIE national outreach campaigns:

Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer Workshop module to educate and equip teen influencers – parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, community and school-based healthcare providers and others – with credible information addressing the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by teens and effective strategies to take action to help prevent it.

"Not Worth the Risk - Even If It's Legal" featuring a wide range of educational messages in English and Spanish encouraging parents to talk to their teens about preventing prescription medicine abuse.



SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's (CSAT) April 2010 Road to Recovery Program: Ignoring Instructions: The Importance of Using Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications Properly

* Produced by NCPIE per Task Order HHSP233200900422P, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), with additional support provided by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.