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Association highlights community groups' impact on prescription drug abuse

October 5, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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As part of a monthlong campaign to highlight National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month during October, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) this week is focusing its advocacy efforts on educating parents as well as celebrating youths who are “above the influence.”

CADCA is calling attention to the impact that community-based coalitions have had in helping to reduce prescription drug misuse among young people. An Oct. 1 news release cited the 2014 Drug-Free Communities Support Program's evaluation report, which stated that federally funded coalitions in fiscal year 2013 had an encouraging impact on youths' past-month prescription medication abuse and on their perception of risk from such behavior.

“Without a doubt, the abuse of medicines will require a comprehensive coalition approach,” said CADCA chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean.

Focus areas in subsequent weeks of the campaign will be the medicine supply chain to the medical community, efforts to reach out to school personnel, and the role of law enforcement in demand and supply reduction. More than 50 community anti-drug coalitions around the country are expected this month to host events related to the campaign.