Prescription drug abuse has steadily increased among NE Seattle middle and high school students since 2008. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American hosted a webinar earlier this week about this nationwide problem. It is now available to view online.
The webinar explored national prescription drug abuse trends, the types of prescription drugs adults and youth use non-medically, and how to gather local data on this issue to inform strategies and interventions. The webinar also provided a case study from a coalition in Kentucky that reduced prescription drug abuse by 80 percent.
The Prevention WINS coalition is currently planning to launch a public education campaign called Mind Your Meds encouraging NE Seattle residents to lock up medications in their homes as one way for preventing teen prescription drug abuse.