It's very important for people to get directly involved in the effort to combat prescription drug abuse at the grass roots level. Both parents and students need to educate themselves about the dangers and then spread that knowledge throughout their communities and schools.
There are a number of legislative activities in the works. When constituents voice their support of an action it really helps.
NCAPDA is aware of other individual organizations throughout the country working at a grassroots level in their communities to build awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. We strongly believe that we can be more affective by joining forces and working together to address global issues. We can learn from each other, share information and best practices and work together to develop professional quality educational tools. These can be used to send consistent, effective messages throughout the country about the dangers of prescription drugs.
To that end, one of NCAPDA's key strategic goals is to serve as the uniting "umbrella" organization that strategically coordinates awareness and legislative campaign activities throughout our country. We invite leaders of other organizations involved in building awareness about prescription drug abuse at the grassroots level to contact us to explore partnership opportunities.
NCAPDA is also committed to helping communities build effective prescription drug abuse awareness programs throughout their local educational, medical and business environs. We are particularly focused on building educational programs that reach young people in their local schools, colleges and universities. Following are recommendations for implementing a community based awareness campaign in your community.
The NCAPDA is passionate about educating students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Our hope is that by building awareness about pain killers, anti-anxiety and stimulant oriented medications, we can have a positive impact on the average number of youth who are losing their lives or becoming addicted as a result of these drugs each year.
School campuses provide very important venues for education about the dangers of prescription drugs abuse, which has become a problem from as early as middle school through college. Although it is not the case today, prescription drug education should be included in every school, college or university’s drug education program.
Following are suggested ways to engage schools in building awareness programs on their campuses. NCAPDA resources are available for consultation on how to build a program that will work best on individual campuses throughout the educational spectrum.