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CADCA Launches New Online Course on Medicine Abuse

NABP Washington, D.C. ? October 18, 2012 ? CADCA is proud to announce the launching of its?first online course on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug (Rx) abuse prevention,??Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework to Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention?.

This course will address Rx and OTC medicine misuse, abuse and addiction, an epidemic that CADCA?s coalitions are addressing in their communities every day. Although safe when taken as prescribed and often truly life-saving, the misuse and abuse of Rx and OTC medicines present a major problem since they are easily accessible and many perceive these drugs to be less harmful than illicit drugs.

CADCA has been tracking and addressing this public health threat for more than 10 years. This is the first of many courses using this innovative platform CADCA plans to offer.

CADCA?s prescription drug abuse prevention course applies the strategic prevention and community problem solving framework used by its National Coalition Institute specifically to Rx and OTC medicine abuse. The courses were developed by a CADCA team with consultation by Dr. Robert M. Weiler, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Health Education & Behavior at the University of Florida. Courses were beta-tested at CADCA?s Mid-Year Training Institute in July.

This first course, consisting of 10 modules, listed below, applies the ?problem statement? of youth prescription drug abuse to the major competencies of the Strategic Prevention Framework. Users should have a working knowledge of the SPF and have identified Rx abuse/misuse as a problem in order to gain significant knowledge and build basic skills to tackle the problem by taking this course.

JP Banks, Project Coordinator for the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County in Georgia, said, ?I had the opportunity to test CADCA?s new online training courses at the July 2012 mid-year conference and I found the material presented to be clear and useful. I was pleasantly surprised by how easily it was to navigate. I am confident this new online tool by CADCA will prove useful to coalition staff and volunteers alike.?

Gen. Dean said, ?Building capacity in community leaders to reduce drug abuse is one of CADCA’s primary goals. This new course uses a great technology platform to apply our evidence-based approach specifically to medicine abuse. Medicine abuse is an epidemic. CADCA wants to arm its members and other concerned citizens with the best information and strategies to reduce it. We are excited to launch this course.”

As part of a special introductory offer, CADCA members will be able to access and utilize the courses at no charge. Individuals and other concerned health advocates can access the courses at

Course modules include:

  • Overview of the Problem
  • Overview of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
  • Conducting a Community Assessment
  • Building Capacity
  • Planning: Problem Analysis and Logic Modeling
  • Planning: Developing Comprehensive Prevention Strategies
  • Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit Strategies
  • Evaluating Community-Level Change
  • Applying the Principles of Cultural Competence
  • Conclusion

The development of this course was made possible by an educational grant from Purdue Pharma, L.P.

View the original press release here.

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