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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Launches New Prescriber Education Campaign
Date:7/15/2014

ic "Search and Rescue" website. Here, in addition to statistics on prescription drug abuse in Maryland and Rhode Island, and videos of influential local physicians introducing the campaign, prescribers will also gain access to tools and resources that can help identify and address prescription drug misuse and abuse within their practices. 

Individual dedicated websites for each state will provide a full "Search and Rescue Action Kit," comprised of easy-to-use tools that will help prescribers identify prescription drug misuse and addiction in their practices. The state web pages will also include short introductory videos featuring a key peer leader from each state (in Maryland, Dr. Yngvild Olsen, Medical Director at the Institutes for Behavior Resources in Baltimore; in Rhode Island, Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health), as well as educational information and links to the key tools for prescribers to familiarize themselves with and adopt to take local action.

"Search and Rescue" is part of The Medicine Abuse Project, the Partnership's multi-year effort to prevent teen abuse of prescriptions drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine. Launched in 2012, the Project aims to curb the abuse of medicine, the most significant drug problem in the United States today, and one which the CDC classifies as an epidemic. It encourages parents, stakeholders and the public to take action: first, by talking with their kids about the dangers of abusing medicine, and second, by safeguarding and properly disposing of unused medications.

This work was supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research under grant number 1U18FD004593. The content is solely the responsibility of
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