If you are interested in an event or promotional activity that focuses primarily on opioids and other prescription drugs, here are links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and others.
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. New statistics from the 2018 NSDUH Survey show that over 17.8 million persons 12 and older have misused prescription drugs in the past year1.
1 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Rockville (MD): SAMHSA; 2019. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-nsduh-detailed-tables. Accessed December 31, 2019.
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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 or promotional activity for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, we have materials to assist you in planning your event.
Federal Prescription Drug Resources
NOTE: All resources are from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and available online only unless otherwise indicated.
- Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know (can be ordered)
- Opioids Facts For Teens (can be ordered)
- Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (can be ordered)
- Misuse of Prescription Drugs Research Report
- Prescription Opioids and Heroin Research Report
- Drug Facts: Prescription Drugs
- Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Opioids (can be ordered)
- Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain (can be ordered)
- National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge
- Safely Dispose of Your Prescription Medicines
- Opioid Crisis
- Prescription Drugs
- Over-the-Counter Medicines
- HHS Secretary’s Opioid Initiative – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose – Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Opioids and Adolescents – Office of Adolescent Health
- Opioids: The Prescription Drug & Heroin Overdose Epidemic – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Pick Your Poison – U.S. National Library of Medicine Online Exhibition
Multimedia and Interactive Resources
- Teen Prevention: Prescription Drug Safety & Vaping (EVERFI's Interview with NIDA's Dr. Ruben Baler and Brian Marquis, October 2019)
- Choose Your Path (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens)
- Drugs & Health Blog (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens)
- I-Science #CPDD What’s Hot: Naloxone Rescue Kits (1:09) (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- Lesson Plan and Activity Finder Results: Prescription Drugs (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teachers)
- NIDA TV Spotlight on Carol Boyd: Prescription Drug Abuse in Youth (2:54) (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
- Videos and Games (National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens)
Additional Prescription Drug Resources
- Search and Rescue (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)
Materials, including booklets and educational posters, can be ordered directly from the NIDA clearinghouse in advance of your NDAFW event. To ensure materials arrive in time, please order them no later than 2 weeks prior to your event or activity.
Promoting your young adult focused event for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® has never been easier! NIDA’s Promote with Online Toolkit section has everything you need to generate buzz for your event. And for help planning your event, visit NIDA’s 5 Steps to Hosting an NDAFW Event and the Get Activity Ideas & Toolkits page. NDAFW 2021 will be March 22-28.
Find an Expert: If you choose to have a alcohol expert at your event or promotional activity, use these tips for finding the right person: Adult Advisors and Sponsors for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®.
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