The misuse of prescription drugs poses a serious threat to not only the success of college students, but the relationships between a campus and its host community. Young adults may misuse medication to manage their lives, with little understanding of the potential consequences of doing so. While the majority of college students do not misuse medication, research indicates the average age of first misuse falls within the traditional college years. Thus, now is the time to cultivate a campus environment for the safe use of medications.
First, this session will overview the scope of prescription drug misuse on college campuses by sharing data collected from the 2018 college prescription drug study, a multi-institutional survey that examines prescription drug misuse by young adults. Second, presenters will identify effective individual and environmental prevention strategies that target young adults and campus communities. They will highlight strategies that include live programming that utilizes educational prevention resources, as well as a free Generation Rx digital toolkit to plan, promote and host campus drug take-back events. Further, they will discuss the effectiveness of peer-to-peer programming towards changing college students’ knowledge and attitudes related to medication misuse by sharing data from a mini-grant program that utilizes the “Generation Rx University” resources. Lastly, they will flip the conversation and discuss how community coalitions can mobilize undergraduate and professional students toward promoting medication safety awareness in their community. The session will conclude with an opportunity for participants to develop an action plan for implementing these strategies.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.