Generation Rx University
Resources for College Students
The Generation Rx University resources were created by college students, for college students, to help prevent prescription drug misuse on college campuses. These materials are designed for use in courses, student orientation, residence halls, Greek life, recreational sports, student organizations, or any other venue where college students live and learn.
This section provides facilitators with a comprehensive guide that contains information to successfully present all of the university resources.
This comprehensive facilitator guide contains information to successfully present the Generation Rx University resources, including a Getting Started guide, Activity Snapshots, and a Q&A session guide.Introductory Letter
A letter designed to assist facilitators in introducing the purpose of your educational program and the importance of presenting this information.
An Orientation to Generation Rx University
This presentation is a live, discussion-based activity that utilizes the videos listed in Section 4 to provide an overview of Generation Rx University messages designed to educate college students toward “safe medication practices for life.” As the program relies on messages emphasized in the videos, discussions will focus on specific issues relating to opioid and stimulant medications, as well as some key general guidelines for safe medication-taking practices.
We’ve also provided specific talking points for facilitators, as well as two additional resources: a handout that summarizes our key messages for program participants, as well as a flyer presenting organizations can utilize to advertise the program.
Safe Medication Practices for Life - An Orientation to Generation Rx University Activity
Activities for Live Programming
Each activity listed in this section is designed to serve as a stand-alone resource. Along with each activity, we’ve included specific talking points for facilitators. Before implementing any activity, we encourage you to review the “Getting Started” and “Activity Snapshot” sections from the facilitator guide (see above).
Activity 1: Generation Rx University Trivia Game
A competitive game that educates young adults on how to safely use medications, with an emphasis on why incorporating these practices in their everyday lives is important.
Activity 2: Rising Above the Opioid Epidemic Discussion-based activity
Activity 3: The Reality of Misusing Prescription Stimulants Skit-based activity
A unique video is provided for use with each activity above or for use as a stand-alone resource – consider sharing them with students through digital platforms, like email or social media.
We encourage you to print these resources and post them in high-traffic areas on campus. In total, there are eight visual aid posters. Please feel free to mix and match posters that support your desired message. We’ve included additional suggestions below for maximizing their use.
Collection 1: Safe Medication Practices Visual Aids
These four posters feature safe medication practices. As such, we encourage facilitators to hang these four posters together as a single collection. Consider adding the personalized visual aid, or complementing them with a poster from Collection 2.
Collection 2: Stand-alone Visual Aids
These three posters overview medication misuse, the misuse of prescription stimulants, and the misuse of prescription opioids, respectively. As such, these posters can be hung as stand-alone resources, or combined with any visual aid from the other collections.
Collection 3: Personalized Visual Aid for Getting Help
This is an editable poster that identifies resources for getting help. We encourage you to personalize this poster with campus-specific resources for students to find help (e.g., campus wellness centers, academic advisors, etc.), and utilize it as needed.
“The Party” InterACT Video
Ohio State’s INTERACT drama troupe invites high school students to direct actors who portray college kids contemplating the use of prescription drugs at a party. This innovative project was organized by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Generation Rx. Participants: Interact’s Robin Post and Nicole Kwiek, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
The Higher Education Center provides resources, training, and technical assistance for colleges and universities wishing to enhance their alcohol and other drug misuse prevention efforts or collegiate recovery communities.
Taking Action to Prevent & Address Prescription Drug Abuse: A Resource Kit for America’s College Campuses
The downloadable handouts in this resource kit are provided by the National Council on Patient Information and Education and designed to equip peer educators and campus leaders (residence assistants, peer health educators,campus leaders in student government, Greek life or campus clubs, and captains of athletic teams among others) with timely and practical informational resources and programming ideas to educate college students about prescription drug misuse prevention and treatment, and also to help build skills so that students can take action against it.