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Drug abuse trends change – DARE America responds

Posted on May 10, 2013 by in Parents

Be Safe with OTC and Prescription Medicines

Be Safe with Over-the-Counter nad Prescription MedicinesAs the largest prevention education program in the world, we constantly listen and study what researchers tell us. Last year, members of the D.A.R.E. America Scientific Advisory Board voiced their concern with alarming increases in the abuse of prescription drugs and Over-the-Counter medicines.

We went to work. A meeting of national experts was convened at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters for the purpose of helping us focus on appropriate methods for creating specialized lessons to respond to the increasing trends of Rx and OTC abuse.

Agencies and Organizations helping respond to Rx and OTC abuse Guiding us were representatives from the following organizations and agencies:

  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA
  • National Council on Patient Information and Education
  • Partnership for a Drug Free America
  • The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
  • The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
  • Abbott Laboratories

Helping Communities Respond to Rx and OTC AbuseThe New D.A.R.E. OTC/Rx program includes: two elementary, two middle school, one high school and one community lesson. The Officer guide includes a CD to assist instructors with the delivery of the lessons.

Helping Communities Respond to Rx and OTC AbuseAlso included are DVDs for Parents and High School students.  The student pamphlets are provided for students to use during classroom instruction.

D.A.R.E. America is working to assure that good medicine–does not become bad behavior