New York State Develops New Brochures on Prescription Drug Abuse

The New York State Department of Health (Department) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has developed several new publications to educate and raise awareness about prescription drug abuse (i.e., opioids). These new publications are available, free of charge, to the general public and healthcare practitioners. Consumers who request the publications will also receive information on how to find a drug treatment provider near them, as well as other resources.

The Prescription Drug Reform law, passed in 2012, established a Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program. As part of this program, these publications were developed by a work group comprised of physicians, pharmacists, addiction treatment providers, prevention experts, and representatives of several government agencies. In addition to informing, educating and raising awareness about prescription drug misuse, these materials are intended to compliment the efforts of the Department’s updated Prescription Monitoring Program Registry, also referred to as the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing or I-STOP.

There is no charge to order the brochures that are available in English and Spanish. The available brochures are:

  • Prescription Drug Misuse…A Household Problem
  • Prescription Safety
  • How to Know…I think my child is using alcohol and/or drugs
  • Medicine Cabinet Inventory
  • Protect Your Children: Information for Parents
  • Stop Prescription Pain Medication Misuse

The order form is available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/forms/order_forms/prescription_drug_misuse.pdf

Additional resources for individuals, patients, and families are available at:
http://www.oasas.ny.gov/StopRxMisuse/whattodo.cfm

Source: The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services – September 2013

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