Prescription Drug Event Toolkit

If you are interested in an event that focuses primarily on 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 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 52 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.

Federal Prescription Drug Resources

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

Additional Prescription Drug Resources

Multimedia and Interactive Resources

Activity Ideas

Check out the images below to see what event organizers have been doing for NDAFW!

Peer Ambassadors of Wellness (PAWs)

Peer Ambassadors of Wellness (PAWs)

Peer Ambassadors of Wellness (PAWs) of Fresno, CA held an NDAFW Event

Brazosport High School

Brazosport High School

Brazosport High School (PALS) in Freeport Texas held an NDAFW Event.

Falls City High School SADD

Falls City High School SADD

Falls City High School SADD Chapter in Falls City, NE, created a poster for NDAFW. 

Need more ideas? Check out the Get Activity Ideas page, photos from past events on our Flickr page, and events on our View Events Map page.