Rx Safety Matters Partners
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Purdue Pharma supports the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to help quality emergency care and promote the interests of emergency physicians and patients.
ACEP programs include:
- Community Speakers Bureau: In an effort to educate the public about the pervasive nature of prescription drug abuse and its consequences, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) launched a public education campaign called the Community Education Presentation Campaign on Prescription Drug Abuse and Prevention. Funded by a grant from Purdue Pharma, the project involves the delivery of 25 1-hour PowerPoint presentations to audiences in 10 major cities nationwide. Learn more.
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) advocates for public policies consistent with the scientific principles of the specialty of preventive medicine. ACPM is a vigorous proponent of prevention in the healthcare system and works actively on Capitol Hill, through its on-line grass roots advocacy tool, within the AMA House of Delegates, and as part of a broad range of coalitions promoting:
- Support of postgraduate training in preventive medicine
- Universal access to effective clinical preventive services
- Funding of the public health system
- Worksite disease prevention & health promotion
- Accountability of healthcare organizations for improving the health of populations
- Prevention research
ACPM programs include:
- Primary care physicians are well poised to recognize substance use in their patients and to take steps to address the issue before use escalates. Through an unrestricted grant from Purdue Pharma, the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) developed a clinical tool for physicians to help them recognize and address prescription drug abuse in their practice. ACPM’s “Use, Abuse, Misuse, and Disposal of Prescription Pain Medication Time Tool” provides an executive summary of the most up-to-date information on delivering preventive services to patients in the context of a clinical visit. Information presented is based on evidence presented in peer-reviewed journals. Learn more.
American Medical Association Foundation
Purdue Pharma L.P. supports theAmerican Medical Association Foundation’s Healthy Living Grants Program, which provides funding for community efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.
AMA Foundation programs include:
- AMA Foundation’s Healthy Living Grants support efforts to create awareness and further education efforts around prescription drug safety. Since 2002, this Healthy Living Grant Program has provided over 250 grassroots organizations with the resources to combat obesity, substance abuse and violence in their communities and encourage healthy behaviors. This year the program focuses on projects that involve collaboration between medical-related organizations and nonprofits, schools or government entities.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Purdue Pharma supports CADCA’s programs to help community anti-drug abuse groups develop the capacity and sustainability to combat prescription drug abuse in their community. CADCA’s educational materials on prescription drug abuse are made available to more than 5,000 anti-drug abuse coalitions across the country.
CADCA programs include:
- National Leadership Forum, the largest substance abuse prevention conference in the nation.
- Mid-Year Training Institute, the only intensive, coalition-specific training program of its kind, designs to help coalition leaders effectively address their local drug problems and achieve population-level change.
- Drug Free Kids Campaign, which raises funds to support CADCA’s mission.
- Through an educational grant from Purdue Pharma, CADCA has developed an online course on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse prevention. “Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework to Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention” addresses prescription and OTC medicine misuse, abuse and addiction. Individuals and other concerned health advocates can access the courses athere.
The COSHAR Foundation
The COSHAR Foundation’s focus is health education, empowerment and outreach. COSHAR is committed to impacting the health of the world, through innovative programs that focus on intervention with measurable outcomes, health awareness with a focus on prevention, testings/screenings and access to care and optimal treatment.
COSHAR programs include:
- Safe Meds: The COSHAR Foundation partners with the faith community and community organizations to launch a prescription abuse awareness campaign to address the growing crisis of prescription drug abuse in families, with a particular focus on teens. This program is one of the several ongoing initiatives of The COSHAR Foundation and is funded in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Purdue Pharma. The foundation provides a mechanism by which these houses of faith can deliver health messages, programs and resources to its congregants and provides technical assistance, program development and support as a free service. The NHMN also encompasses community organizations and has witnessed tremendous growth over the last decade as well as increased membership.
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
The Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA) operates the RADARS® System (Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance) to study the prevalence and nature of abuse and diversion of commonly-prescribed opioid analgesics. The System collects timely product- and geographically-specific data that supplement the data collected by federally-funded surveillance systems. The System also calculates rates of abuse, misuse and diversion of the drugs it monitors throughout the United States, contributing to the understanding of trends and aiding the development of effective interventions. The RADARS System is overseen by an independent Scientific Advisory Board composed of leading experts in the study of drug abuse and diversion. The data assist pharmaceutical companies in the fulfillment of their regulatory obligations such as risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS).
The RADARS System was originally developed by Purdue Pharma in 2001. In 2006, Purdue Pharma transferred the ownership of the System to the DHHA to facilitate access to the surveillance data it provides by pharmaceutical firms and government agencies. Today, the RADARS System is an independent, non-profit operation of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC), a division of DHHA.
FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA)
The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, a member-driven organization designed to advance the art of police leadership and management, develop improved administrative and technical practices to meet the needs of law enforcement executives globally, and to promote the exchange of information and expansion of training programs for law enforcement executives.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® developed the PMP InterConnect® hub to help state prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) share controlled substance prescription data and detect doctor shopping across state lines.
NABP programs include:
- The NABP PMP InterConnect program provides state PMP users with an advanced tool for reducing prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping. The NABP InterConnect is the only successful system that facilitates the sharing of data between state PMPs, a key element for early detection, intervention, and prevention of substance abuse and diversion of controlled substances.
Seamlessly integrated, the NABP InterConnect enables authorized users to request data from other participating states as easily as if they are requesting it from their own state’s program. This interoperability addresses what was identified as one of the major impediments to the effectiveness of these programs: the inability to connect and share information between PMPs.
- NABP’s AWARxE Program has brought information about illegal drug sites and counterfeit medicines to the public through a dynamic Web site, Facebook page, YouTube videos, and media outreach. AWARxE reaches a diverse consumer audience, from parents and grandparents to teens and young students, as well as those searching for a safe place to purchase medications online. In addition to raising awareness about the dangers of abusing medications, AWARxE provides medication safety information and encourages the public to rely on pharmacists for information on Internet pharmacies and counterfeit medications. The program has also developed informational materials for pharmacists, corporations, and community outreach programs to distribute to the public.
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. (NADDI)
Purdue Pharma sponsors the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. grant program to help address prescription drug diversion and to put more resources in the hands of law enforcement to help combat abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) works to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication. Purdue Pharma is a major supporter of the “Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do to Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse” program developed by NCPIE and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The program provides training to parents, educators, healthcare professionals and other influencers to help them address prescription drug abuse with teens.
NCPIE has also created the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Resources for Community Action. This is an online resource guide that organizes resources into four categories: prescription drug abuse awareness, prevention, treatment, and recovery. It provides links to information appropriate for individuals, health care professionals, and communities in need. A directory to leading advocacy/nonprofit organizations and federal agencies with current science-based resources on drug abuse and addiction is also included.
National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN)
With support from Purdue Pharma, theNational Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) published guides for both middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12).
The two guides each include 10 cross-curricular lessons, and are aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. The lessons aim to equip students with the understanding and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs. The materials include lesson plans, a reproducible student journal, teaching resources, and parent information. The materials are available free of charge to anyone, and can be downloaded from the NEA's website.
Pharmaceutical Security Institute
The Pharmaceutical Security Institute is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting the public health, sharing Information on the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals, and initiating enforcement actions through the appropriate authorities.
The Partnership at Drug-Kids
Working towards a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.
The Partnership offers a Toll Free Helpline manned by substance abuse experts who can provide advice to parents and other individuals seeking information and assistance in getting substance abuse treatment for a family membe
Rx Safety Matters Programs
PERFORM (Patient Evaluation Resources for Opioid Risk Management)
Exclusively for Licensed Healthcare Professionals – Purdue Pharma Educational Resources provides licensed U.S. healthcare professionals with educational resources on pain assessment, issues in pain management, opioid risk management, as well as long-term and palliative care. Use these tools as personal refresher materials and for peer-to-peer education.
Purdue Pharma Grants & Giving
Purdue Pharma Grants & Giving provides funding and in-kind services to national and local anti-drug abuse organizations to support awareness and prevention programs at the grass roots level.
RxPATROL also assists law enforcement efforts to investigate pharmacy crimes in their community and partners with the anti-crime programs like Crime Stoppers to offer rewards of $2,500 or more to help apprehend pharmacy crime suspects.
Safeguard My Meds
Safeguard My Meds is a national educational program from Purdue Pharma and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to increase awareness about the importance of safe storage and disposal of prescription medicine in an effort to reduce the risk of misuse and abuse.
Safeguard My Meds also provides a downloadable resource for parents: “A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse.”