Highlights from the Prescription Drug Pilot Project

By Gabe Teran, Operations Specialist, Youth Development Programs, Ventura County Office of Education

Gabe has worked in the field of adolescent alcohol and other drug prevention since 2003. He is a member of the Ventura County Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup and brings a focus on youth education and prevention. Ventura County Office of Education provided two secondary schools with support in Prescription Drug and Heroin prevention education measures. The Prescription Drug Media Campaign targeted high-school age youth, to impact awareness, prescription drug use and intended behaviors.

The Prescription Drug Pilot Project attempts to demonstrate changes in perception of harm, increased awareness of known risks, and associated levels of drug use. Parent brochures provide families with tips on identifying and understanding painkiller and heroin abuse.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 28

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and overdose deaths.
“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs.”

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