Research shows preventing prescription drug abuse before it begins is the most cost-effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities. The Florida Attorney General's Office seeks to provide Florida citizens with useful prevention information they can use to educate themselves in order to help halt the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
The core principles for all state-level prevention efforts in Florida include collaboration of key stakeholders and agencies; support of community anti-drug coalitions, and the use of the Strategic Prevention Framework model which includes the following steps:
- Profiling community needs, resources, and readiness
- Mobilizing community resources and building capacity
- Developing strategic plans
- Supporting evidence-based prevention
- Monitoring local activity performance
The following links contain helpful prevention information citizens can use to help reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. They highlight the dangers prescription drugs pose and helpful advice on how to help someone who is abusing drugs.
The Narcotics Overdoes Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force
CDC Vital Signs
Mayo Clinic: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse