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Community Resources

American Medical Association Foundation

Purdue Pharma L.P. supports the American Medical Association Foundation’s Healthy Living Grants Program, which provides funding for community efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

AMA Foundation programs include:

  • AMA Foundation’s Healthy Living Grants support efforts to create awareness and further education efforts around prescription drug safety. Since 2002, this Healthy Living Grant Program has provided over 250 grassroots organizations with the resources to combat obesity, substance abuse and violence in their communities and encourage healthy behaviors. This year the program focuses on projects that involve collaboration between medical-related organizations and nonprofits, schools or government entities.

The Partnership for Drugfree.org

Working towards a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.

Drugfree.org programs include:

  • Time to Act, a science-based multimedia resource to help parents intervene when they see signs of drug or alcohol use in their children.
  • Time to Get Help, a resource that helps parents find treatment for their children struggling with drug abuse.
  • Parent’s Toll Free Helpline, a call center manned by substance abuse experts who can provide advice to parents and other individuals seeking information and assistance in getting substance abuse treatment for a family member.

National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN)

NEAHINPurdue Pharma is partnering with the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) to create new educational resources for middle school teachers focusing on prescription drug abuse and misuse. NEA HIN provides health and safety information to the over 3 million educational employees served by NEA and their 43 million students. NEA HIN distributes information nationally through NEA’s 51 state/territory affiliates as well as though its almost 15,000 local education associations.

NEA HIN programs include:

  • Rx For Understanding, an educational resource on prescription drug abuse and misuse which includes 10 cross-curricular lessons for middle students. Aligned with the National health Education Standards and Common Core State Standards, the lessons aim to equip students with the understanding and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid the dangers of misuing and abusing prescription drugs.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

Purdue Pharma supports CADCA’s programs to help community anti-drug abuse groups develop the capacity and sustainability to combat prescription drug abuse in their community. CADCA’s educational materials on prescription drug abuse are made available to more than 5,000 anti-drug abuse coalitions across the country.

CADCA programs include:

  • National Leadership Forum, the largest substance abuse prevention conference in the nation.
  • Mid-Year Training Institute, the only intensive, coalition-specific training program of its kind, designs to help coalition leaders effectively address their local drug problems and achieve population-level change.
  • Drug Free Kids Campaign, which raises funds to support CADCA’s mission.
  • National Youth Leadership Initiative, a youth leadership and workforce development program that trains youth leaders to be strategic community problem solvers around drug issues.
  • Through an educational grant from Purdue Pharma, CADCA has developed an online course on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse prevention. “Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework to Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention” addresses prescription and OTC medicine misuse, abuse and addiction. Individuals and other concerned health advocates can access the courses at learning.cadca.org.

The COSHAR Foundation

The COSHAR Foundation’s focus is health education, empowerment and outreach. COSHAR is committed to impacting the health of the world, through innovative programs that focus on intervention with measurable outcomes, health awareness with a focus on prevention, testings/screenings and access to care and optimal treatment.

COSHAR programs include: 

  • Safe Meds: The COSHAR Foundation partners with the faith community and community organizations to launch a prescription abuse awareness campaign to address the growing crisis of prescription drug abuse in families, with a particular focus on teens. This program is one of the several ongoing initiatives of The COSHAR Foundation and is funded in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Purdue Pharma. The foundation provides a mechanism by which these houses of faith can deliver health messages, programs and resources to its congregants and provides technical assistance, program development and support as a free service. The NHMN also encompasses community organizations and has witnessed tremendous growth over the last decade as well as increased membership.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) works to advance the safe, appropriate user of medicines through enhanced communication. Purdue Pharma is a major supporter of the “Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do to Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse” program developed by NCPIE and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The program provides training to parents, educators, healthcare professionals and other influencers to help them address prescription drug abuse with teens. 

The U.S. Conference of Mayors

In 2009, Purdue Pharma and the U.S. Conference of Mayors launched a prescription drug abuse awareness campaign with mayors across the county encouraging the public to properly safeguard and dispose of medication in their homes. The campaign includes print, radio and TV ads and PSAs, which can be tailored for use by community groups around the country.

Watch the PSA:

For more information, please visit www.usmayors.org.

Resource Guide

Rx Safety Matters also provides a downloadable Resource Guide for Families & Communities:

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