Cardinal helps fund awareness around prescription drug abuse

DUBLIN, Ohio — The Cardinal Health Foundation on Thursday announced nearly $210,000 in grant funding to 14 nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to combating prescription drug abuse.

Grant recipients were selected from five key communities where high concentrations of Cardinal Health employees live and work: Albuquerque, N.M.; central Ohio; El Paso, Texas; LaVergne, Tenn.; and Radcliff, Ky.

This marks the second consecutive year that the Cardinal Heath Foundation has offered this funding through its "Preventing the Abuse and Misuse of Prescription Drugs" grant program. "Our goal is to stop prescription drug abuse before it starts — and that begins with education," stated Jessica Lineberger, community relations manager for Cardinal Health. "We launched this grant program because we believe that local nonprofit organizations can play a critical role in ensuring their communities understand that prescription drug abuse can have damaging and deadly consequences."

In 2009, the Cardinal Health Foundation teamed with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to develop two GenerationRx toolkits — comprehensive suites of materials designed to help healthcare providers, pharmacists, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens educate teen and adult audiences about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The toolkits can be downloaded here.

In partnership with the Ohio State University College of Social Work, the Cardinal Health Foundation also developed a comprehensive survey to track the effectiveness of GenerationRx materials in changing attitudes about prescription drug abuse. During a pilot test of the survey, nearly 90% of adult and teen respondents who had attended a GenerationRx presentation indicated that they would be less likely to use prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them. The same percentage of respondents reported they would be less likely to share prescription drugs.

Recipients of the "Preventing the Abuse and Misuse of Prescription Drugs" grant program will use this survey tool to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts, Cardinal stated.

Grants range in value from $5,000 to $15,000. The 2011 recipients of funding from the "Preventing the Abuse and Misuse of Prescription Drugs" grant program include:

  • New Mexico Medical Review Association;
  • University of New Mexico Foundation Inc.;
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Ohio;
  • Drug-Free Action Alliance;
  • Respite Connections;
  • St. Stephen's Community House;
  • Youth to Youth/COMFDRUG;
  • The Ohio State University College of Social Work;
  • The Ohio State University Student Wellness Center;
  • Dublin Counseling Center;
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso;
  • Young Men's Christian Association of El Paso;
  • Rutherford-Cannon County Drug Court Support Foundation; and
  • United States Internet Crime Task Force.
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