Prescription Misuse Prevention
Prescription drugs can help, but if misused can also hurt. Although there have been historic declines in alcohol use, binge drinking, and cigarette smoking among Florida middle and high school students, the opposite is happening with the opioid epidemic; it continues to worsen dramatically in Florida and across the nation. Most teens say they haven’t taken a prescription drug without having a prescription, but sadly the few who do are taking a much greater risk than they realize. Learn more!
Resources & Links
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BeMedWise.org: From the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), it provides patient information and education on prescriptions.
CADCA: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, 1-800-54-CADCA
Drugs and More: A guide to addictions.
Drug Watch: Keeping an Eye on Pharmaceuticals: a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications, their side effects, addictive qualities, and the latest on FDA drug alerts.
Easy to Read Drug Facts: An ideal resource for anyone interested in learning more about drug abuse.
First Call for Help, 211 Broward: “Help is Just a Phone Call Away!” A 24-hour, free, confidential telephone Helpline for crisis/suicide counseling, empathetic listening and community information and referrals to health and human services resources in Broward County. Just Dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211.
Prescription for Disaster - How Teens Misuse Medicine: A DEA resource for parents.
Prescription Medication Toolkit: A free tool from the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse.
The United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (UWBCCSA): A broad based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to reducing substance use/abuse and all its devastating consequences on individuals, families, and communities. Resources available on the DrugFreeBroward website.