The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) is 501(c)3 non-profit organization s established to generate nationwide awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse that can lead to addiction and overdose death. It is run via 100% volunteer support.
NCAPDA was founded in June, 2010, just a few months after the tragic loss of April and Joseph Rovero’s youngest son, Joseph John Rovero, III (Joey), from a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription medication that had been prescribed by a doctor just nine days before. Joey died on December 18, 2009 while attending Arizona State University, just one day before he was due to return home for Winter Break.
NCAPDA partners with schools, colleges, community organizations and medical, law enforcement and other agencies to increase awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse/misuse. NCAPDA’s Executive Director, April Rovero, leads the San Ramon Valley MEDS (Medication, Education and Disposal Safety) Coalition, the Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition, is a founding member of the California Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Work Group and works at the national level as an Executive Committee Member of the Fed Up! Coalition.
NCAPDA’s mission is to prevent prescription drug related addiction and overdose deaths through community education, policy change and legislative advocacy and the local, state and federal levels.