Ohio State to Hold Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery Training

Emily Keeler

When students arrive on campus for the first time, it can be an overwhelming experience. More and more students are turning to prescription drugs to cope, with about one in four people aged 18 to 20 reporting having used medications non-medically at least once in their lives according to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. And more recent research from Zogby Analytics suggests that the frequency of non-medical use of prescription drugs among college students may be even higher, with 71% saying that sharing of prescription drugs is very common and 31% indicating that they (or their friends) had used them non-medically during final exams.

The Ohio State University continues to fight this growing epidemic by hosting the second annual Generation Rx University Conference on August 7-8, 2013 at the Blackwell Inn & Conference Center on Ohio State’s main campus. This event is focused on college students and resources for prescription drug abuse prevention. New this year, the event will also provide training and resources for establishing collegiate recovery communities. Faculty members, student life staff members, students and others from higher education institutions across the nation will convene to develop strategies that can be taken back to their college or university for implementation.

According to Kenneth Hale, RPh, PhD, at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, “We know that prescription drug abuse exceeds that for all illicit street drugs combined, except marijuana. We also know that about 100 Americans die everyday from unintentional drug overdoses. And since the average age when prescription drug abuse starts is around 21, it is critical that our colleges and universities do more in terms of prevention. We encourage college students, faculty, and staff to attend this conference toward that end.”

The program will include nationally recognized speakers who will present on a variety of subjects related to prescription drug abuse, prevention, and recovery.  Keynote speakers include:

  • Phil Bauer, National Advocate for Prescription Drug Safety and the Patient Advisory Board at the Partnership at Drugfree.org
  • Frank Greenagle, Jr., and Eric Arauz from Recovery, Inc.
  • Tom Hedrick, Founding Member at the Partnership at Drugfree.org
  • Christopher M. Jones, Injury Center at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Lexie Komisar, Clinton Foundation

In addition to the take-home strategies, participants can apply for a limited number of grants to be used to help implement prevention strategies at their home institution.

Major conference sponsors include The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Student Wellness Center in the Office of Student Life, and the Cardinal Health Foundation.

Conference registration fees are only $100 ($75 for students). Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. For more information or to register for the conference, visit go.osu.edu/rxabuseconference.

The conference is part of the Generation Rx Initiative, a national program developed at Ohio State with the support of the Cardinal Health Foundation that aims to enhance the public’s understanding of medication safety issues, especially those related to prescription drug abuse. For more information on Generation Rx, visit go.osu.edu/generationrx.