Examining What’s Happening Across America April 10-‐12, 2012 Walt Disney World Swan Resort
Accepted Learning Objec?ves: 1. Analyze the characteris?cs of eﬀec?ve programs designed to reduce the growth of prescrip?on drug abuse and provide evidence-‐based programs that can be replicated in rural and urban communi?es. 2. Iden?fy common-‐interest issues related to grassroots preven?on and treatment programs. 3. Describe available resources to advocate for change, with speciﬁc focus on model state drug laws.
Disclosure Statement• Frances Harding, Robert Morrison, Sherry Green and Steve Pasierb have disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
The Complex Issue of Prescrip3on Drug Abuse: The Role of Preven3on Frances M. Harding, Director SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Preven?on
What Do Americans Believe About AddicEon? Only one in five think less of a friend/relative in recovery from an addiction … … and about one in three think less of someone currently addicted Yet, two-thirds think addiction can be prevented … … and three-quarters think recovery is possible
The Impact of PrescripEon Drug Abuse • Prescrip?on drug overdose deaths now exceed deaths from cocaine and heroin. • American deaths from prescrip?on drug overdoses are now second only to motor vehicle fatali?es. • Non-‐medical use of prescrip?on painkillers: $72.5 billion annually in direct health care costs to health insurers.
The Impact of PrescripEon Drug Abuse • In 2009, 50 percent of all drug-‐related emergency department visits involved nonmedical use of prescrip?on or over-‐the-‐counter drugs. • 40 percent of teens think prescrip?on drugs are “much safer” than illegal drugs. • 55 percent of persons 12 and up who used prescrip?on pain relievers nonmedically in the past year received them from a friend or relayive for free. • Number of drug-‐dependent newborns has doubled, tripled, or more over the past decade.
PrescripEon Drug Abuse Aﬀects Everyone • Sadly, the data show that infants are born dependent on painkillers. o In Florida: the number of babies with withdrawal syndrome soared from 354 in 2006 to 1.374 in 2010 – a rise of almost 300 percent. • Teens get prescrip?ons from friends and family: o From the medicine cabinet o From fellow students • Adults and older people, too, are aﬀected.
NaEonal PrescripEon Drug Abuse PrevenEon Strategy • Prescriber and consumer educa?on/awareness • Expanded and enhanced use of prescrip?on drug monitoring programs. • Educa?on/awareness about safe disposal of unused medicines.
PrescripEon Drug Monitoring Programs Source: The Na-onal Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
Collabora3on is the Key! Center for Behavioral Health StaEsEcs and Quality Center for Mental Health Services Center for Substance Abuse PrevenEon Center for Substance Abuse Treatment www.samhsa.gov