DUBLIN, Ohio — With the growing concern of the abuse of prescription stimulants like Adderall on college campuses, the Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy on Wednesday introduced Generation Rx University, the fourth in a series of interactive toolkits designed to help reduce the abuse of prescription drugs.
"The average age when prescription drug abuse starts is around 21,” stated Ken Hale, assistant dean for professional and external affairs at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. “It’s critical that our colleges and universities do more to help prevent this potentially deadly behavior, and this new toolkit is designed to help them do that.”
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, full-time college students aged 18 to 22 were twice as likely as their counterparts who were not full-time college students to have used Adderall nonmedically in the past year. And the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reported at least one study showing that 34% of students at a large university used a prescription stimulant drug when they felt academic stress, believing that these drugs increased reading comprehension, cognition and memory.
Generation Rx University was created by college students for college students and includes discussion-based and performance-based resources intended to help deliver programs on college campuses. The collegiate-focused material includes PowerPoint presentations and scripts, facilitator notes, workbooks, handouts, and posters to help foster conversation and educate participants. The toolkit also includes a guide for creating a reality skit and encourages actors to remain in character for a question-and-answer session following a theatrical performance.
The collegiate toolkit was piloted in August at the 2012 Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Conference at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day conference, sponsored by the Cardinal Health Foundation and other drug abuse prevention organizations, brought together 120 students, faculty and staff from 28 colleges and universities nationwide and featured panels of experts, breakout workshops and networking opportunities.
“The Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Conference at the Ohio State University generated incredible awareness and enthusiasm to tackle this issue,” commented Dianne Radigan, director community relations Cardinal Health. “We’re pleased to be able to support schools that are pioneering a concerted effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, and we look forward to collaborating with them again in 2013 to celebrate the results of their work and share best practices.”
Cardinal Health has again collaborated with the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists to promote Generation Rx University. Since 2010, the organizations have worked together to provide a comprehensive education program to aid pharmacists and student pharmacists in educating their communities about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Generation Rx University can be found at cardinalhealth.com/generationrx. The original Generation Rx toolkit, a second toolkit aimed at youth, and another aimed at helping seniors prevent medication misuse can also be found on the site.
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