Friday, October 20, 2017

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

If a prescription drug is directed by a medical professional, it is medication. If it is used or obtained without a prescription, it is not only illegal but dangerous. Teens that use prescription drugs, for non-medical reasons, are usually introduced to the drug by their doctors, who have prescribed the medication for a specific reason. Some teens then become addicted and move from prescription drugs to cheaper alternatives such as heroin. Youth who learn about the dangers of substance abuse at home are 50% less likely to use. According to research conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, parents are not communicating the risks of prescription medicine abuse to their children as often as they talk about other drugs.

  • According to our Southington survey, 68% of Southington teens report that parents and families do not discuss prescription drugs with them much or at all.
  • 36% of students reported that it would be easy to obtain prescription drugs.
  • 21% of youth in Southington believe that using prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them is not risky.
  • In 2016, 7% of students reported taking pills without knowing what they were.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 355 accidental opioids overdoses in Connecticut in 2012 and 558 in 2014.

In an effort to address this issue, lawmakers have passed the following actions:

  • CT has a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) that can be accessed by doctors and pharmacists to track patients窶 prescriptions. They can now limit the amount of prescription drugs and help prevent 窶彭octor shopping窶 by getting the same prescription from multiple doctors.
  • In 2016, CT law requires practitioners, before prescribing more than a 72-hour supply of a controlled substance, to check the patient窶冱 record in the PDMP and to review their patient窶冱 record every 90 days for prolonged treatment.
  • Patients (both adults and minors) cannot receive an initial prescription of opioid drugs for longer than seven days. The exception is if in the prescriber窶冱 professional medical judgment, the acute or chronic pain condition requires it and it must be noted in the patient窶冱 record.
  • Minor patients must be told the risks associated with the drugs with a parent/guardian present.
  • Physicians, APRNs, dentists and PAs must take continuing education in pain management and prescribing controlled substances.

STEPS and Southington窶冱 prescription drug prevention activities include:

  • Established a Medication Drop Box at the Southington Police Department to prevent diversion of unwanted or expired medications and keep them out of the water supply. Southington is one of 73 towns and cities in CT with a Medication Drop Box. Southington has had their box for four years, with every year setting new records for collection 窶 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs in 2015 and that amount has already been surpassed in 2016.
  • Hosted Prescription Drug Take Back Events for 5 years in partnership with the Southington Police and Water Departments and pharmacy students.
  • Public Education campaigns informing residents of the Medication Drop Box
  • Lock It or Drop It Media Campaign

Parents Gather to Make Prevention a Priority in the Southington Community.

Adults from the Southington community gathered to learn about the dangers and realities our kids are facing today. Presenters included Officer Kevin Naranjo from the Southington Police Department, Lt. Chris Bartolotta from the State Police, Patricia Rehmer from Hartford Healthcare and Martha Galligan representing a partnership with the US States Attorneys Office. After the presenation, … Read More

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Local Pharmacies Help Advertise the Medication Drop Box

Our coalition recently partnered with Beacon and Plantsville Pharmacy to advertise the Medication Drop Box that is located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department. The Medication Drop Box was installed in October of 2012, with help from the Southington Police Department and the Town of Southington, for residents to dispose their unused medication … Read More

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Lunch & Learn with the Clergy Sector

The Southington Clergy Association, STEPS and the Southington Police Department hosted a ‘Lunch & Learn’ for members of the clergy sector on Tuesday, February 28th at Southington Care Center. ツThe topic was on current drug and alcohol trends, including the current opioid crisis facing our state and nation. Presenters included Pat Rehmer from Hartford Healthcare, … Read More

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Community Forum on Opioid Use in the Community

Acticle Source: Wheelerclinic.org October 26, Southington, Conn – More than 60 attendees filled theツSouthington Public Library’sツcommunity room to capacity on October 26 for a 窶廚ommunity Conversation on Opiates and Heroin.窶 Wheeler,ツBristol Hospitalツand the library sponsored the event, which featured a six-member panel discussion highlighting what individuals, families and communities need to know about opiates and … Read More

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STEPS Hosts Interactive Forums to Discuss Recent Survey Results

On October 18th and November 9th, interactive community forums were held with various sectors throughout the community. ツThe purpose was to review and share data from our recent student survey and work with community members to create an action plan for change. ツThank you to all the participants for your time and commitment to our … Read More

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Healthy Family Funfest 2016

On Sunday, February 28th, members of the Southington STEPS Coalition had a booth at the Healthy Family Funfest held at the AquaTurf in Southington.ツ At the booth, members distributed flyers for the upcoming Be in the Know forums as well as let community members know about the Medication Drop Box, located in the lobby of … Read More

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Lock It or Drop It

The Lock It or Drop It Campaign is designed to educate and encourage residents to dispose their unwanted or unused prescription medications at the Permanent Medication Dropbox, located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department. ツIf the prescription medications are not ready to be disposed and are still being used, please lock or secure … Read More

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Calendar House Health Fair

On Tuesday, October 6th, staff members, Kelly Leppard and Meredith Fenwick, set up a table at the Calendar House Senior Health Fair to talk to seniors about the new Lock It or Drop It Campaign and using the Prescription Drop Box that is located in the lobby of the Southington Police Department.

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STEPS Receives DFC Grant for $625,000

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The Abuse of Tramadol for Pain Alleviation

This month, Generation Rx has information for us about the abuse of the drug Tramadol. Click here for more information. *Generation Rx is comprised of a group of pharmacy students from the University of Saint Joseph who believe educating the public about prescription and OTC drug abuse/misue is extremely important. ツIn this newsletter, we hope … Read More

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STEPS Support Card

The STEPS Support Card is now available on ourツresource page.ツ The Support Card is a summary of our findings fromツthe Search Institute’s Attitudes and Behaviors Survey that was administered in November toツSouthington 7th, 9th, and 11th grade public school students. Click here to view the STEPS Support Card

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Strong Connection with Parents Reduces Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Strong Connection With Parents Reduces Teens窶 Prescription Drug Abuse: Study

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