Prescription Medicine

Improve Safety Around Prescription Medicine

The Prescription Medicine Line of Operation works to end overprescribing of prescription medications that lead to addiction fatalities, improve safety around prescription medicine through comprehensive and collaborative community efforts, and improve health outcomes through expansion of access to non-addictive healthcare solutions.

By the Numbers:

  • After taking opioids for just 5 days in a row, a person becomes more likely to take them long-term. (CDC, 2017)
  • 80% of heroin users reported misusing prescription opioids prior to using heroin. (SAMHSA, 2013)
  • More than three out of four people who misuse prescription painkillers use drugs prescribed to someone else. (CDC)
  • Of all drug overdose deaths among adolescents aged 15–19 in 2015, about eight in ten (80.4%) were unintentional.
  • Over 61-million patients had at least one prescription for opioids filled or refilled in 2016. The total rate was 19.1 patients per 100 persons. (CDC, 2017)
  • States with more complete and timely prescription drug (opioid) monitoring programs achieved greater reductions in overdoses compared to states with less comprehensive programs. (Rand, 2016)

Programs:

Naloxone Awareness Program – Using our volunteer network, we reach out to pharmacies with a goal of facilitating increased access to naloxone under existing law. By simply asking about the policy for dispensing, we work to increase awareness, readiness to save lives, and reduce stigma.

Opioid Risk Campaigns – Hospitals and clinics play a vital role in eliminating overprescribing, overcoming opioid dependence, and promoting opioid safety among patients and healthcare providers. S.A.F.E. Project works with hospital systems and clinics to develop campaigns that reduce opioid risks through awareness and education.

S.A.F.E. Project Meds – S.A.F.E. Project increases awareness and safer behaviors around prescription medicines with downloadable fact sheets providing easy to understand information. SAFE Med Facts arm communities and families about safe use, disposal and questions you should ask healthcare providers and pharmacists to decrease risk to yourself and those you love.

S.A.F.E. Project Takes (Collateral Program)

Resources