Communities & Law Enforcement
When it comes to the problem of teen prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse, it takes a community to help keep our kids healthy and safe. As law enforcement officials and other community stakeholders, it is within your power to help end this epidemic by educating yourselves and spreading the critical message to those in your community about the dangers of misusing and abusing medicine. Your participation in The Medicine Abuse Project can act as a substantial step toward helping to curb this dangerous behavior around the country. Below is a collection of resources designed to help you to prevent and address Rx and OTC cough medicine abuse in your community.
Parents360 Rx Action Kit
Parents360 Rx Action Kit The Parents360 Rx Action Kit consists of a video addressing the impact of medicine abuse on real families accompanied by a comprehensive discussion guide, educational documents and other handouts and resources. The Action Kit is designed to easily and effectively help law enforcement officials, prevention and treatment professionals or any concerned parent or adult share information about medicine abuse with friends, family, neighbors and organizations to which they belong.
PACT360 Community Education Programs
PACT360 Community Education Programs PACT360 is a series of research-based, multimedia community education programs that mobilize communities and connect law enforcement with community stakeholders to empower and educate parents and teens about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The suite of programs is designed to be delivered by our local partners, law enforcement, prevention, and treatment professionals and can be customized to reflect the needs and issues of the community. All resources are available at no charge.
Parents360 Online Medicine Abuse Presentation
Parents360 Online Medicine Abuse Presentation Here you can view a comprehensive slidecast (narrated slide presentation) designed to provide an overview of the intentional misuse and abuse of Rx and OTC cough medicine by teens. It describes the specific dangers of such behavior and contains useful information about current trends, statistics and steps parents and others can take to help keep kids from engaging in medicine abuse.
“It Takes a Community” Online Resource
“It Takes a Community” Online Resource Answers to questions about our children’s health and safety are often right in our own backyard. While every community is different, here you can find some examples of how community police officers, school nurses, coaches, teachers and others can work together with parents to reduce and respond to substance abuse issues in their neighborhoods.