At the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference, taking place August 28-31 in San Diego, Calif., Cardinal Health will encourage attendees to learn more about how they can get involved in the fight against prescription drug abuse.

Today, prescription medication abuse is a significant societal health issue, with more Americans abusing prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined1 and one in five teens abusing a prescription medication at least once in their lifetime2.

To combat these trends, the Cardinal Health Foundation recently partnered with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to develop the Generation Rx toolkit, available for free public download at www.cardinalhealth.com/generationrx.

Developed with input from pharmacists, the Generation Rx toolkit contains all of the communications materials needed to educate local schools and community organizations about the scope and consequences of prescription medication abuse. It also shares information about how to safely store and dispose of prescription medications and action steps to prevent it.

Hundreds of retail pharmacists across the nation have downloaded the Generation Rx toolkit, and many are already using it to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse in their local schools, among parents and patients, and in local community organizations.

Several regional chain pharmacies have indicated interest in promoting the Generation Rx toolkit among their pharmacists, and Cardinal Health is currently piloting a program with Kroger to encourage pharmacists in several Ohio and West Virginia markets to download the toolkit and use it in their communities.

“As trusted, accessible health care advisors, we believe that pharmacists can play an important role in curbing prescription drug abuse in their communities,” said Bill Sheridan, R. Ph., pharmacy merchandiser for Kroger. “The Generation Rx toolkit provides an array of user-friendly materials that make it easy for any pharmacist to conduct a short and simple presentation to educate local schools and civic groups about this growing public health issue.”

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