Prescription drug abuse - a bitter pill for Florida
Prescription drug abuse has been described as the most
threatening substance abuse issue in the State of Florida. The
number of deaths caused by at least one prescription drug
increased 102% between 2003 and 2009. This translates to 7
Floridian deaths per day.
SafeRx - a regional response
On January 31st, 2011, hospital CEOs and health department
directors from Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto and Manatee Counties
publicly signed a proclamation clarifying their collective
commitment to work together to address prescription drug misuse
in 2011. This event followed months of collaborative work on behalf of
these organizations to identify key strategies to impact this
- Providing local data
about the prescription drug epidemic in our region
- Increasing awareness
of safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs
- Providing training opportunities
to medical professionals
- Addressing Prescription Pain Medication Abuse &
Misuse: A Framework for Safe Prescribing - held
April 26-29 for prescribers/dispensers
Complementing county-level plans implemented by area substance abuse coalitions,
this regional approach reflects the unique roles and opportunities that our healthcare
providers and health departments have in addressing the issue.
Representatives from the participating 12 hospitals and 4 health
departments are continuing to convene throughout 2011 to share
tools and best practices and evolve strategies to address
prescription drug misuse.
This collaborative and comprehensive approach is garnering
attention from leaders at the state and national level.
Health Provocateur Project - spearheading SafeRx
The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) is
spearheading this four-county, multi-healthcare organization
agreement through its Health Provocateur Project, which includes
CEOs of every hospital and health department in these counties.
Since 2005, CHIP has convened these regional healthcare leaders,
facilitating dialogue and urging this unique public-private
partnership to serve as an innovative model for fostering and
improving population health in the region.
Working in collaboration with local substance abuse
Substance abuse coalitions in our region are working to build
awareness and provide prevention services to reduce the impact
of substance abuse, including prescription medication abuse, in
our communities. These coalitions, along with CHIP’s Community
Health Action Teams (CHATs), have joined this campaign to help
create a strong, cohesive community outreach for our region.
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