Pharmacy Launches Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign

by Nathan Pilling, Public Relations Writer

According to a December 2011 report from the National Center for Health Statistics, drug poisoning overtook motor vehicle traffic accidents as the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States in 2008. Prescription drug abuse occurs when a person takes a drug meant for another person or in a way it was not intended. Whether by accident or on purpose, the abuse can have deadly consequences.

A 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs non-medically for the first time in the past year. []

With statistics pointing to this problem in the United States, the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy is addressing the situation through direct education. Beginning at the end of the 2012, Cedarville University faculty and pharmacy students will visit schools, service organizations, churches--or wherever it can share the alarming news.

“Our idea is to go out to high schools and to any organization that will welcome us to do presentations to make people aware of the challenge,” said David Ormsbee, Assistant Dean of the School of Pharmacy. “It’s like any other abuse situation: you first need to make people aware of the potential dangers.”

Each presentation is expected to last 45 minutes and will heighten the awareness of prescription drug abuse. In each session, a faculty member from the School of Pharmacy will be accompanied by a student in the Pharmacy program. Together, they will communicate the common misperceptions about prescription drug abuse.

“We want to confront this challenge head-on,” Ormsbee said. “We ultimately want these presentations to decrease the number of accidental deaths and save lives.”

Cedarville University is currently seeking venues to share this information. Requests for presentations can be made by calling the School of Pharmacy at 800-233-2784.

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