Resources for Community Action


The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Resources for Community Action™ guide offers “at-your-fingertips” convenience to resources on a critical health topic. (Press Release)

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription drug abuse has devastating health and economic consequences on individuals and communities, with adolescents and women among the greatest casualties. Pain relievers, tranquillizers, stimulants, and sedatives are the medications most commonly abused.

Many communities know that working together with health care providers, educators, law enforcement, and community members makes for a powerful and supportive coalition to confront prescription drug abuse. Communities can embrace unique approaches to drug abuse awareness. They also can be role models for creating effective prevention and treatment programs.

Whether you need information for yourself, your family, or your community, you’ll find it here.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 52 million people, 20 percent age 12 and older, have used a prescription medication at least once for nonmedical reasons.

Resources—from web site links, brochures, and webinars, to videos and community tool kits­—are organized in four categories, Awareness, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.

See the Directory to find out more about the organizations and web sites committed to educating the public about prescription drug abuse.

Want to join BeMedWise’s effort to prevent prescription drug abuse? Send us your resource information and it will be considered for inclusion in the guide.

This resource was developed with support from Purdue Pharma L.P.

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