America’s biggest drug problem isn’t on the streets—it’s in our medicine cabinets. Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a dirty affair, causing more overdoses than street drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and meth.
The Georgia Prevention Project recently launched the Georgia Rx Abuse Project to educate teens about the risks of abusing prescription drugs. The program primarily targets college-age students. Research shows this group abuses and misuses prescription drugs at higher rates than most demographics.
This summer, the Georgia Rx Abuse Project received a Cardinal Health Foundation Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Prevention Grant. The Georgia Prevention Project partnered with three community-based organizations to gain the funding—Pike County Family Connection in Zebulon, Columbia County Community Connections in Grovetown, and the Family Alliance of Paulding County in Dallas.
“We‘ve been doing drug prevention in schools since 2006,” stated Executive Director Linda Verscharen with The Family Alliance of Paulding County, which conducts at least 10 community events around meth and prescription drug abuse prevention each year. “Most recently we hosted a Drug Take Back Day during our annual public safety event in October.”
The grant project is funded for one year.