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Educational Programs

Access tools and presentations to help advocate safe prescription drug practices for the following groups.

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Check out the online courses and other activities listed below which are designed to help you learn more about this important issue, as well as additional materials in the Take Action section to help you educate others.

Digital Activities

These educational resources are engaging and fun ways to learn medication safety principles. Click on each activity and explore important concepts about the proper use of medications as well as the potential consequences of misusing them.

Trauma Game

(Produced by EdHeads.org)

Play this EdHeads™ online activity to learn how prescription drug misuse can impact your body (as well as your loved ones). The intended audience for the Trauma activity is middle school, high school and college students.

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Candy Vs. MedicineIs it Candy or Medicine?

Did you know many medicines look similar to candy? When we remove medication from its original container, it may be confused as candy. Can you tell a difference?

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Medication Safety Sleuths

Do you know how to safely use medication? Our medicine cabinet contains nine products that alerts us to important medication safety principles. Think you can detect all nine?

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Online Courses

These Generation Rx online courses take a “deeper dive” into topics relating to medication safety and prescription drug misuse prevention. View the available courses in the catalogue below:

Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse

This online, self-paced course uses science to investigate the prevalence, dangers, and misperceptions regarding the growing health problem of prescription drug misuse. With a myth-busting design, we investigate the biology behind both therapeutic and illicit drug action and tie that biology to the real dangers of misusing prescription drugs. Additionally, we explore societal influences on drug-taking behaviors and identify best medication-taking practices for our benefit as well as others’.

The course content is divided among 6 modules, each containing 1-2 hours of video material. You can watch as many or as few of the videos as you would like, but the material is best viewed on an iPad.

What is Generation Rx?

“Baby Boomers”, “Generation X”, “Millennials”…and now the term “Generation Rx” to describe us? Let’s explore our medication-taking culture and identify how these behaviors might contribute to the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Videos:
What is a Drug?
Drugs Take Different Forms
A Drug-Taking Culture
A Self-Diagnosing, Self-Medicating Culture
Implications of Generation Rx
Prescription Drug Abuse

Myth: “Everybody else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I?”

In this module, we’re crunching data to look at the stats and scope of the prescription drug abuse problem. We’ll also begin myth-busting!

Videos:
What Types of Prescription Drugs Are Abused?
The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: The Scope
The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: Sources of Drugs, Part 1
The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: Sources of Drugs, Part 2
Opioid Overload: An Example

Myth: “Prescription drugs must be safer than illicit drugs.”

In this module, we’re looking at the pharmacology of both illicit and prescription drugs.

Videos:
Introducing Pharmacology
Pharmacology 101: Drugs Bind to Targets
Pharmacology 101: Targets Respond Upon Drug Binding
Pharmacology 101: Similarly Structured Drugs Can Elicit Similar Responses
Pharmacology in Action: Heroin vs. Prescription Opioids

Myth: “It’s only a problem if I’m trying to get high.”

Serious adverse responses can occur even without an overt drug overdose. Let’s use principles of toxicology to investigate why.

Videos:
Drug Toxicity
Toxicology 101: A Drug’s Path in the Body
Toxicology 101: Other Drugs in the Body
Toxicology 101: Individual Variation
Toxicology in Action: Mixing Drugs
Toxicity and Prescription Drug Abuse

Myth: “Prescription drugs can’t be addictive.”

It’s time to explore the basic neuroscience behind addiction. Can prescription drugs ‘hook’ an abuser like cocaine or heroin can?

Videos:
Introducing Drug Addiction
The Path to Addiction
Neuroscience 101: How Neurons Communicate
Neuroscience 101: The Brain’s Reward Pathway
Neuroscience 101: The Addiction Potential of Prescription Drugs
Neuroscience 101: Addiction is a Disease

Where to Go from Here…

Let’s quickly recap the course and talk about future directions in curbing the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Videos:
A Course Recap
Where to Go from Here…
What You Can Do…