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  1. Medication Abuse Resource Guide Medication Abuse Resource Guide An interactive guide for combating prescription and Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug abuse for Prevention Professionals Click to continue

  2. Introduction This guide has been created as a resource for combating prescription and OTC drug abuse in Michigan communities. There have been many resources developed to address the nationwide increase in medicine abuse. This easy-to-use guide of available resources was developed by the Prevention Subcommittee of the Michigan State Methamphetamine Task Force. Click to continue

  3. The guide has been split into four main categories: • Target audiences - populations of interest because data suggests they may be at higher risk for medicine abuse. • Community partners - groups in a position to influence the target audiences and support the prevention field in an effort to reduce medicine abuse. • General resources - addresses the needs of multiple audiences, or provides general information. Click to continue

  4. Purpose The purpose of this guide is to place as many resources that are available in an easy to use tool. The majority of the guide has been split into two main categories: target audiences and community partners. The target audiences are groups we feel need direct contact and support. The community partners are groups we can utilize to obtain access to the target audiences. Each audience tab contains reasons why that group has been selected and resources for that specific group. Resources that fit into multiple audiences have been placed under the General Resources section of the guide. Click to continue

  5. Acknowledgements Participating members of the Michigan Methamphetamine Task Force, Prevention Subcommittee: • Heidi Bertschinger, Allegan County Community Mental Health Services • Ken Bobo, Van Buren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office • Claudine Damaske, Pharmacist • Sarah Derwin, Ottawa County Health Dept. • Nate Hill, Berrien County Health Dept. • Liz Lenz, Barry County Substance Abuse Services • Tracy Johnson, Cass Van Buren District Health Dept. • Tracy Malinowski, Kent County Health Dept. • Therese Maupin-Moore, Barry County Substance Abuse Services • Carol Meyer-Niedzwiecki, Substance Abuse Council, Calhoun County • E.J. McAndrew, Cass Van Buren District Health Dept. • Karen Pelon, Kent County Health Dept. • Brenda Stoneburner, Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy • Stephanie VanDerKooi, Ottawa County Health Dept. • Kori White-Bissot, Lakeshore Coordinating Council Click to continue

  6. Guide • Use the arrows, buttons and tabs on the bottom of each page to navigate the guide. • When you see blue underlined textyou can click on the text and your web browser will take you to the information on the internet (you must have an internet connection for this feature to work) • To leave the guide, press the Esc (escape) key. • If you need help, you can select the question mark button (?) to view the help menu. Click to continue

  7. Guide • User Note – When opening .pdf files from the resource guide, it may be necessary to open the task bar to view them. • If you click on a .pdf file and nothing seems to happen, press the windows key on your keyboard to open the task bar and then you will be able to open your internet browser from the internet explorer tab. All links are working and valid as of 3/15/09. To report broken links email

  8. Table of Contents - Home Table of Contents General Resources Please select the tab you would like to view. Athletes and Coaches Care Givers Drug Companies Youth 12-17 Law Enforcement Young Adult 18-25 Community Partners Medical Professionals Target Audience Older Adult 55+ Parents Realtors Retailers School Personnel

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  10. Being a younger and more naive group, youth aged 12-17 are more at risk Availability from many sources “Legal = Safe” attitude “It won’t happen to me…” attitude Youth 12-17 yrs. Why Target this Group? Target Audience

  11. Youth 12-17 yrs. Message to Deliver... • Not worth the risk • Overdose dangers • Possibility of addiction • Overall short and long-term health problems • Legal consequences • Interactions with other chemicals • Alcohol • Other medications OTC, prescription Target Audience

  12. Youth 12-17 yrs. Outcomes • Short-Term • Increased perception of risk • Decreased access • Long-Term • Reduced use rates • Delay the onset of experimentation or use • Reduced treatment admissions • Reduced hospital admissions due to overdose Target Audience

  13. Youth 12-17 yrs. Resources • ( was created for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Freevibe’s goal is to provide teens with the knowledge and personal empowerment to reject drug use and other risky behaviors. is updated regularly with the latest national statistics on teen drug abuse and other relevant trends, and also incorporates insights and feedback from site visitors. Target Audience

  14. Youth 12-17 yrs. Resources • ( The Project ALERT two-year Core Curriculum consists of 11 lessons that are most effective when taught once a week during the first year, plus 3 booster lessons that should be delivered the following year. Project ALERT complements other curricula and can be implemented in conjunction with lessons from sex education, health, physical education, science and social studies. Target Audience

  15. Youth 12-17 yrs. Resources • ( Painfully Obvious is an interactive website where youth or caregivers can access information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Target Audience

  16. Youth 12-17 yrs. Resources • ( was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Working with the nation's leading experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention, serves as a drug prevention information center, and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other. The site provides parents and other adult caregivers access to: • Helpful articles and advice from experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention; • Science-based drug prevention information, news and studies; • Support from other parents striving to keep their children drug-free; • Teen perspectives and views. Target Audience

  17. Youth 12-17 yrs. Resources • or • Internet communities where people meet and share ideas, pictures, music, and much more. • Prevention professionals could use the site to create a place for youth to view positive online messages. • Parents and teens should be aware of the possible predators that may exist on such sites and how to protect themselves. Target Audience

  18. Youth 12-17 yrs. Resources • A resource for use when talking with teens and youth about prescription drug abuse. Target Audience

  19. Young Adult 18-25 Why Target this Group? • College population is more likely to misuse stimulants to attempt to: • Increase academic performance • Stay awake • Enhance concentration • Recreation Target Audience

  20. Young Adult 18-25 Message to Deliver... • Risks of use • Addiction • Illegal • Overall health complications • Negative interaction with alcohol • If you're concerned, help a friend… • Where can you get help? Target Audience

  21. Young Adult 18-25 Outcomes • Short-Term • Increased perceived risk • Decreased availability • Increased healthy coping mechanisms • Long-Term • Decreased treatment admissions • Decreased hospital admissions for overdose • Decreased use rates Target Audience

  22. Young Adult 18-25 Resources • or • Internet communities where people meet and share ideas, pictures, music, and much more. • Prevention professionals could use the site to create a place for young adults to view positive online messages. • Use the web services as a place to share ideas and ways to help with addiction • • Target Audience

  23. Young Adult 18-25 Resources • Prescription Drug Abuse in the Media News story from the American Broadcast Company (abc). Includes information on how to find help. Target Audience

  24. Young Adult 18-25 Resources • The Camp Recovery Center Information on prescription drug abuse and recovery. • Go to SAMHSA treatment finder to find local treatment centers Target Audience

  25. Older Adult 55+ Why Target this Group? • Small population that accounts for the largest consumers of prescription drugs , according to NIDA • At risk for • Fraud, theft, safety issues, health-risk, confusion (especially in the elder population) Target Audience

  26. Older Adult 55+ Message to Deliver... • Talk to their doctor and pharmacist about possible medication interactions and the importance of proper dosage • Do not share prescriptions • Advocate for their own protection • Control and monitor their medications Target Audience

  27. Older Adult 55+ Outcomes • Short-Term • Increased medication management • Reduced theft/fraud • Long-Term • Decreased related hospital admissions • Decreased related mortality Target Audience

  28. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Starting point for gathering information related to the older adult population. Older Adult 55+ Resources Target Audience

  29. Older Adult 55+ Resources Target Audience • FDA Overview of “Brown Bag” meetings with older adults. Click link to learn more A guide for common issues with the older adult population and medication misuse.

  30. Older Adult 55+ Resources • Get Connected: Curriculum designed to educate older adults, about the risks of medication misuse. • Click link to preview tool kit : • Order free kit here : Target Audience

  31. Athletes/Coaches Why partner with this group... • Role models; athletes and coaches lead by example • Coaching relationship with athletes • Able to spot changes in youth • Vested interest in athletes well-being • Ability to enforce rules on drug use • Drug free is in the best interest of the athlete and the team Community Partners

  32. Athletes/Coaches What they can change... • Role model positive choices • Health education; effects of drugs on performance • Code of conduct; implementation and enforcement • Outlook on life • Healthy body, healthy mind Community Partners

  33. Athletes/Coaches Resources • (American Athletic Institute) “The American Athletic Institute’s primary focus is the education of athletes on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Our presenters are substance abuse professionals who were also once professional and world class athletes.  It is this combination of experience coupled with our own scientific research that makes us unique in the prevention/education field and the world of sport.  We understand athletes, the dangers of drugs and the volatile mix the two present when combined. The American Athletic Institute is a Sport Consulting Firm that is committed to helping people both in and out of sport.  We provide programs and services that are designed to help the athlete and non-athlete alike.  Whether it is in a proactive capacity or in response to a specific problem or incident the American Athletic Institute can offer valuable insight, education and strategies to administrators, coaches and athletes on a vast array of issues ranging from Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Hazing and Sportsmanship to Youth Sport and Childhood Obesity. ” - AAI 2008 Community Partners

  34. Athletes/Coaches Resources • ATLAS – Curriculum to address substance abuse among male athletes • • • ATLAS Results • Decreased new alcohol & drug use • Reduced steroid use • Reduced supplement use • Fewer drinking and driving occurrences • Improved nutrition & exercise practices • Students believed they were better athletes • Greater ability to refuse drugs Community Partners

  35. Athletes/Coaches Resources • ATHENA - Curriculum to address substance abuse among female athletes • • ATHENA Results • Reduced use of diet pills • Reduced use of steroids, amphetamines and sport supplements • Improved nutrition • Reduced riding in a car with a drinking driver • Reduced new sexual activity • Reduced number of injuries • Reduced long-term use of diet pills, alcohol and marijuana Community Partners

  36. The Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) is a professional organization committed to providing professional development, advocacy, educational programs and services to a membership dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by preparing students (pre-K-12, university/college) to be fit, healthy and ready to learn. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations and six district associations and is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well-being of the American public. Athletes/Coaches Resources Effective Audience

  37. Athletes/Coaches Resources • Healthy Competition A guide for Teens, Coaches and Parents about the effects, signs, symptoms and dangers of PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Community Partners

  38. Athletes/Coaches Resources • Also see the General Resources Links for other helpful medication abuse related links and documents Community Partners General Resources

  39. Caregivers Why partner with this group... Caregivers can include; child care, elder care, home health aides, hospice, etc… • Access to: children, elderly, parents • Identify problems • Often manage medications Community Partners

  40. Caregivers What they can change... • Educate and monitor people in their care • Increase awareness among professional peers • Increase frequency of referrals and information sharing when problems arise Community Partners

  41. Caregivers Resources • Identify local resources to provide support to caregivers such as: • Senior Centers • Area Agencies on Aging • Extended care facilities • Cooperative extension agencies • Head start programs • Treatment centers • Health Departments Community Partners

  42. Caregivers Resources • Also see the General Resources Links for other helpful medication abuse related links and documents Community Partners General Resources

  43. Drug Companies Why partner with this group... • Primary source of medicines • Ability to effect distribution and pricing • Marketing and advertising opportunities Community Partners

  44. Drug Companies What they can change... • Use of resources to properly educate the public • Educate medical professionals • Positive messaging through marketing eg. Community Partners

  45. Drug Companies Resources • ( • Painfully Obvious is an interactive website where youth or adults can access information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Community Partners

  46. Drug Companies Resources Community Partners • A website designed to help people locate assistance dealing with opioid drug addiction.

  47. Drug Companies Resources • The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment mission: • Educate the public about the disease of opioid addiction and the buprenorphine treatment option. • Help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with patients with addiction disorders. • Serve as a conduit connecting patients in need of treatment to qualified treatment providers. Community Partners

  48. Drug Companies Resources • Also see the General Resources Links for other helpful medication abuse related links and documents. Community Partners General Resources

  49. Law Enforcement Why partner with this group... • Prescription drug abuse is linked with other illegal activities (eg. fraud/theft) • Able to influence availability • Able to influence local policy Community Partners

  50. Law Enforcement What they can change... • Consistant enforcement • Training of Officers • Identifying users • Awareness of the law • Encourage responsible retailers Community Partners