Manhasset, NY - March 1, 2017 -
While prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, any medication has the potential to do harm—especially when misused. Misuse often can lead to serious legal, social, and health consequences as drug overdoses now represent the leading cause of accidental death in the United States (Centers for Disease Control - CDC).
With so much at stake for families and communities, Anton Media Group has partnered with the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Inc. to promote its Cardinal Health Foundation Generation Rx: Safe Medicine Practices for Life Campaign. The campaign strives to increase awareness about safe medication use and encourages residents to dispose of unnecessary medications at any Nassau County Police Precincts or local village police departments.
“Anton News is proud to dedicate advertising space and support the Generation Rx: Safe Medicine Practices for Life Campaign. We hope the campaign will help prevent prescription misuse as far too many residents and families know first-hand the painful consequences of prescription drug misuse,” stated Angela Anton, editor and publisher, Anton Media Group. Key messages of Manhasset CASA’s Safe Medicine Practices include:
- Only use prescription medications as directed by a health professional
- Never share prescription medications with others or use someone else’s prescription medications
- Always store medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need
- Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students, or patients.
According to the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2014, and nearly 30,000 of these deaths involved prescription drugs. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. In addition, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (CDC). In 2015, 222 Nassau County residents died from an opiate overdose (Nassau County Medical Examiner).
In support of the campaign, CASA is providing local pharmacies with free fact cards which list safe practices along with precinct locations where residents can dispose of prescription drugs. Pharmacies interested in receiving free fact cards can contact Manhasset CASA at 516-267-7548. For more information about Manhasset CASA, go to manhassetcasa.org. You can also like them on Facebook!
About the Cardinal Health Foundation
The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care efficiency, effectiveness and excellence and the overall wellness of the communities where Cardinal Health's (NYSE:CAH) nearly 37,000 employees live and work. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage community service among its employees and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster because Cardinal Health is #AllInForGood. To learn more, visitwww.CardinalHealth.com/community and visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CardinalHealthFoundation.
Manhasset, NY - December 8, 2016 -
The new Surgeon General's report finds alcohol and drugmisuse and substance use disorders to be a major public health crisis in our nation. The facts and statistics are overwhelming when it comes to prescription drug and substance abuse: opioid overdose takes a life every 19 minutesand more than 27 million people use illicit drugs or misuse prescription drugs (2016 Surgeon General’s Report).
Manhasset CASA’s Safe Medication Practices for Life Generation Rx Grant Initiative strives to increase awareness about safe medication use and encourage residents to dispose of unnecessary medications kept in the home. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 70% of those who misuse prescription drugs get them from family members or friends, often from the medicine cabinet.
CASA’s Generation Rx campaign messages for safe use and disposal include:
- Only use prescription medications as directed by a health professional
- Never share your prescription medications with others or use someone else’s prescription medications
- Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students, or patients
- Always store your medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need
- Residents can DISPOSE of their unwanted medications at any Nassau County Police Department Precinct or Community Center. The disposal bin is located in the lobby
Raindew Family Centers and Pharmacy, Maclellan Pharmacy and Manhasset Park Drug support Manhasset CASA’s efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse. Pharmacists distribute Generation Rx cards in pharmacy bags and to customers.
Working with the Nassau County Police Department, Raindew Family Centers and Pharmacy, Maclellan Pharmacy and Manhasset Park Drug as well as other local businesses such as Daniel Gale Reality, Manhasset CASA has made Generation Rx Fact Cards available across the community.
Daniel Gale Reality displays Generation Rx Fact Cards in their lobby. Shown left to right: Annie Holdreith, Associate Real Estate Broker; Margie Suga, Daniel Gale Real Estate Salesperson; Jennifer DeSena, Manhasset CASA Executive Director; Deidre O’Connell, Daniel Gale General Sales Manager, Manhasset and Cathy Samuels, Manhasset CASA Project Director.
The fact card highlights the key safety messages as well as all Nassau County Precinct Disposal Box locations where residents can drop unnecessary medications 24 hours a day. Accepted items include prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over the counter medications, vitamins, sample medications and medications for pets. Please do not deposit needles, sharps, aerosol cans, thermometers, ointments (liquid or lotion), hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, medication from businesses and bloody or infectious waste.
Manhasset CASA’s Generation Rx program will also advertise in Anton Newspapers and on local shopping center carts to encourage residents to engage in safe medicine practices and disposal in an effort to reduce prescription drug misuse.
Opioid analgesic pain relievers are now the most prescribed class of medications in the United States, with more than 289 million prescriptions written each year. The increase in prescriptions of opioid pain relievers has been accompanied by dramatic increases in misuse and by a more than 200 percent increase in the number of emergency department visits from 2005 to 2011. In 2014 there were 47,055 drug overdose deaths including 28,647 people who died from a drug overdose involving some type of opioid, including prescription pain relievers and heroin. In 2015, 12.5 million persons aged 12 and older reported misusing prescription pain relievers and over 300,000 reported using heroin in the past year (2016 Surgeon General’s Report).
Manhasset, NY - September 1, 2016 -
The Cardinal Health Foundation announced that it has awarded Manhasset CASA $25,000 in grant funding from its Generation Rx program. CASA is one of 17 non-profit organizations across the country to receive funding to help fight prescription drug misuse by improving community medication disposal programs.
CASA will work with its many dedicated partners to implement educational programs for safe medication practices as well as facilitate the promotion of local and permanent disposal programs in Manhasset, the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County. “Our community is fortunate to have such committed
partners support our Generation Rx Medication Disposal Grant. We look forward to working with them in our efforts to reduce teen prescription drug abuse,” stated Dr. Caryn Sawyer, Executive Director, Manhasset CASA. "Manhasset CASA has been a proactive and effective leader in helping to curb prescription drug abuse. Their educational and community programs teach residents about steps they can take to prevent substance abuse, secure their medications and dispose of old prescription drugs so they don't fall into the wrong hands. This funding will enable them to expand upon their good work and continue saving lives," said Senator Jack M. Martins.
According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 70% of those who misuse prescription drugs get them from family members or friends, often from the medicine cabinet. “One of the simplest and most effective ways to fight prescription drug misuse is to encourage the proper disposal of unused or expired medication,” said Betsy Walker, Community Relations Director at Cardinal Health and Generation Rx Program Manager. “That’s why the Cardinal Health Foundation is investing $360,000 to support these programs and educate on proper disposal.”
With grant funding from the Generation Rx program, Manhasset CASA will work to increase awareness and community participation in the New York State Senate Shed the Meds disposal program, the Nassau County Police Department Precinct Disposal Box Program and the Town of North Hempstead’s Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (STOP) Program. “Manhasset CASA is effective in educating residents about the importance of safely disposing of unused prescription drugs, as well as increasing awareness of the Town’s Stop Throwing Out Pollutants prescription drug disposal program. Our continuing partnership with CASA and the Nassau County Police Department will remove dangerous drugs from the mainstream before they can fall into the wrong hands and lead to addiction and heartbreak,” added Judi Bosworth, Supervisor, Town of North Hempstead.
"The Nassau County Police Department urges all our citizens to dispose of their unused medications in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy”, stated Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter of the Nassau County Police Department. “Cleaning out your medicine cabinets and properly disposing of any unused or expired medications is key to preventing substance abuse. Studies indicate that 70% of young people who went on to use heroin started their road to addiction with opiates found in their family or friends medicine cabinets. Together, we are combatting the national heroin crisis through awareness, education, enforcement and treatment initiatives,” explained Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano.
Manhasset CASA’s project is collaborative, partnering with other organizations and engaging local pharmacists, like Raindew Pharmacy, because pharmacists play a key role in educating their communities about how to use medications safely.
The CASA Youth Club of Manhasset High School will also be involved in the project. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, youth who learn about the risks of prescription drug misuse are up to 50% less likely to try prescription drugs. Young people also help influence their parents to properly dispose of unused or expired medications.
The program will also utilize social marketing strategies to promote local and permanent disposal programs. “The Manhasset Press, Manhasset’s hometown paper for 84 years, fully supports Manhasset CASA’s efforts in print and online to communicate this important message across to youth, parents and the greater community,” stated Elizabeth Johnson, Editor Manhasset Press. "PATV is thrilled to be able to support Manhasset CASA's Safe Medication Practices for Life Program and to be given the opportunity to help reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse in our community," added Erica Bradley, Executive Director, Public Access Television (PATV).
Manhasset CASA will measure the impact and outcomes of the disposal program’(s) promotion efforts and education efforts, and will seek potential opportunities for scaling up and spreading the program to other communities.
Since 2009, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested over $5 million in partnerships and grants across the country to raise awareness and knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug misuse through the Generation Rx program. “On behalf of Cardinal Health, we are pleased to support the work of Manhasset CASA,” Walker said.
Since 2001, the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (CASA) has existed in the Manhasset community as a resource to reduce the illegal, underage use of alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other drugs among its youth. CASA strives to reach youth before they are in trouble by connecting parents, school, community and youth as partners in this common goal. Their goals are to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults; and to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state, and local governments to support the efforts of our community coalition to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. CASA operates under the Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). To learn more, visit manhassetcasa.org or like them on Facebook.
About the Cardinal Health Foundation
The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care efficiency, effectiveness and excellence and the overall wellness of the communities where Cardinal Health's (NYSE:CAH) nearly 37,000 employees live and work. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage community service among its employees and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster; because Cardinal Health is #AllInForGood. To learn more, visitwww.CardinalHealth.com/community and visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CardinalHealthFoundation.