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Thank you for your interest in the Prescription Drug Community Action Kit. More than 43,000 people die from drug overdose in the United States each year, many from opioid painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, with brand names such as
Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin or
Opana. This kit is a first step to mobilizing your community and addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose.
This overview shows you how the Community Action Guide can be put to use in your neighborhood. It provides key strategies to fight prescription drug overdose, and identifies who should be involved, goals, action steps and ways to measure success.
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Warn-me labels for insurance cards let medical professionals know you want to talk about opioids, their risks and alternatives.
Louie Miceli, a high school athlete, started using prescription opioid painkillers following a sports injury. His mother, Felicia, shares how Louie's painkiller use led to addiction. Eventually, Louie switched to heroin – a cheaper, but illegal, alternative. Like many who struggle with addiction, Louie fatally overdosed on Aug. 7, 2012.
You may already know people in your community who are working on this problem. This action kit may help take your efforts to the next level.
We would love to know more about your program and how you are using this action kit. Please share any feedback with us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can showcase your commitment to prevent prescription drug overdose in your community.
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