Opioids & Other Prescription Drugs Event Toolkit

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If you are interested in an event that focuses primarily on opioids and other prescription drugs, here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.

Prescription Drug Abuse Research Report

The misuse of opioids and other prescription drugs is a serious problem in the United States that has escalated in recent years to the level of public health crisis. Misuse includes use of a medication in ways or amounts other than intended by a doctor, by someone other than for whom it is prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes. An estimated 54 million people have misused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetimes – and teenagers are strongly represented in this estimate.

According to NIDA’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, when asked how they obtained prescription opioids, a majority of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or they bought them from a friend or relative. These statistics are particularly worrisome as youth who misuse prescription medications are more likely to report use of other drugs.

The dramatic increase in overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers has led to concerted efforts to curb this crisis. Many resources are available that can help make a difference. If your community is interested in holding a prescription drug-focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, we have materials to assist you in planning your event.

Find an Expert: If you choose to have a prescription drug expert at your event, use these tips for finding the right person: Adult Advisors and Sponsors for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.

Federal Prescription Drug Resources

NOTE: All resources are available online only unless otherwise indicated.

Additional Prescription Drug Resources

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

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