Friday, August 3, 2012

The Medicine Abuse Project

The Partnership at Drugfree.org has joined with many other organizations beginning a new initiative. It's called The Medicine Abuse Project. This is a week long drive the week of September 23-29. But it doesn't end there, this project is a multi year effort to stem the abuse of prescription drugs by our son's and daughter's. Along with targeting teens the effects of prescription drug abuse will be held up for all to see. It's not just teens that fall prey to these powerful chemicals.

Facts and statistics have not been wholly effective in stemming this scourge. The Medicine Abuse Project is an effort to blend the horrible facts and statistics with real life personal stories. I have already submitted my story. If you are comfortable sharing your story I would encourage you to do the same. Every one of you are wonderful at helping to guide each other through this hell on earth known as Parent of an Addict. Along with being a tour guide through hell I also want to stand at the gate and play the role of gatekeeper to keep others from entering. I hope you will join me at the gate.

In a call yesterday I learned this project will grow to include new nationally broadcast PSA's, CDC info packets, IVillage chats, Webinars, Facebook web chats and culminating that week with Drug Takeback Programs on Sept. 29.

For more information visit www.drugfree.org


You Can Help Save Lives! Seeking Families to Tell Medicine Abuse Stories

At The Partnership at Drugfree.org, we know that the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications is one of the biggest public health problems in the United States today. In fact, every day, 2,000 teens use a prescription drug to get high for the first time.
This year, we are introducing “The Medicine Abuse Project,” a multi-year effort to raise awareness and curb the abuse of medicine by teens and young adults. Launching the week of September 23-29, 2012, the campaign will encourage and help parents and the public-at-large to help manage this problem, working toward the common goal of preventing 500,000 teens from abusing medicine within the next five years.
We need your help. Has your family been affected by prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse? Has your teenager or another relative struggled with the misuse or abuse of medication? We want to hear from you.
Email us your story so that we can share it, potentially on our website and in the media, as part of the awareness campaign. By sharing your experience with others, you could help us take a substantial step toward stopping this deadly epidemic.
Visit The Medicine Abuse Project online to learn more about the campaign and other ways you can get involved.

10 comments:

Cathy | Treatment Talk said...

Thank you for spreading the word on this important campaign. We all need to do our part to educate our children and save lives.

Anonymous said...

Ron, any idea if you can request anonymity if you write your story? Our family hasn't "come out" yet. Couldn't find that info on their website.

Dad and Mom said...

Anonymous,

I don't know the answer to your question so I will e-mail your question a Director at The Partnership and get back to here for you.

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Anonymous said...

Great thank you much!

A Moms Serious Blunder said...

I have a story that started with my sons wisdom tooth and led directly to heroin addiction at a break neck speed. Shocking as it felt to us at the time...I am sadly guessing it is not at all uncommon.

A Mom's Serious Blunder said...

I too would like to know if I would have to go public...they can link to my blog but I do not want to share our family name.

Dad and Mom said...

I heard back from Tom Hedrick, a founding member of The Partnership at Drugfee.org about the option to be anonymous for this project:

Ron.. we urgently need now are personal Rx stories that can be shared publicly and with the media from people comfortable doing that. Later during the campaign week in September there will be a place on the new Medicine Abuse web site for all stories, including anonymous. Thanks. Tom

Anonymous said...

Thank you for passing that info on...I'll look for the opportunity to post,anonymously,on their site during the week of the campaign.

Syd said...

Thanks, Ron. So many people are addicted to prescription drugs and probably don't know it.