The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) is 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer based organization established to prevent prescription drug/opioid related Substance Use Disorder and overdose deaths through community education, policy change and legislative action at the local, state and Federal levels.
NCAPDA was founded in June, 2010, just a few months after the tragic loss of April and Joseph Rovero’s youngest son, Joseph (Joey) John Rovero, III, from a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription medication that had been prescribed by a doctor just nine days before. Joey’s life was cut short on December 18, 2009, just five months before he would have graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in both Business and Communications. He left an entire community of family and friends shocked and devastated by his death but committed to tackle the nation’s prescription drug abuse/misuse epidemic in his memory.
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 is also the fiscal sponsor for the the Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition, is a founding member of the California Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Work Group and a sponsor of the FED UP! Coalition that works to drive Federal action that will help put an end to America’s opioid crisis.