Have you Signed The Medicine Abuse Project Pledge?

Have you Signed The Medicine Abuse Project Pledge?

09.17.12 | By Kaelan Hollon

While we've long been active on the issue of prescription drug abuse, the next few weeks will be a particularly important time to take action with The Medicine Abuse Project. Drugfree.org has been working with dozens of partners to create The Medicine Abuse Project, and their hard work will come together next week, September 23-29, for the kickoff of this long-term campaign. I've attached a calendar of events for their plans - get involved and sign their awareness pledge today. We'll be promoting several organizations through the next few months on the Catalyst, all of whom share our goals of reducing and preventing prescription drug abuse. Stay tuned for guest blog posts, toolkits for parents, multimedia updates, infographics, live-blogging and other activities over the next few weeks surrounding this important issue.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH:

The Medicine Abuse Project LIVE: iVillage Twitter chat - 8 p.m. ET: Bob Barnett (@iVillage), Health Director of Brand Integration, will host featured guests from The Partnership at Drugfree.org, including Steve Pasierb (@StevePasierb), President and CEO, and Jerry Otero (@MedicineAbuse), Lead Parent Support Specialist for the Parents Toll-Free Helpline. The discussion will highlight the growing problem of teen medicine abuse and what parents can do. Follow the live chat on Twitter using #endmedicineabuse.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH:

The Medicine Abuse Project LIVE: Grand Central Exhibit, New York City - 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET: A compelling, digital exhibit taking place in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall will feature personal stories about medicine abuse in a visually engaging story-telling installation. NYC commuters and visitors will be encouraged to take a Pledge to take action against medicine abuse, share their medicine abuse stories via social media and interact with the stories of other families who have been affected by this critical health issue.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH:

The Medicine Abuse Project LIVE: "Hope For Recovery" Webinar- 12 p.m. ET: The Partnership at Drugfree.org and A&E Networks will host a webinar focused on recovery from medicine abuse. Taking place at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., featured panelists will include: Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Jeff VanVonderen, an Interventionist from A&E's hit television reality show Intervention; Dr. Bertha Madras, PhD, Professor of Pyschobiology, Chair of the Division of Neurochemistry and Associate Director for Public Education in the Division of Addictions, Harvard Medical School; and Sofia, a young adult in recovery who will share her personal story of teen medicine abuse.

The Medicine Abuse Project LIVE: Meet The Parents Hour - 8 p.m. ET: Taking place on The Partnership at Drugfree.org's Facebook timeline, participants can join a live, one-hour chat and Q&A session with actor and model Amber Smith ("Celebrity Rehab") to discuss her personal story of addiction and recovery.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH:

Drug Enforcement Administration-Facilitated National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day-10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Consumers can safely dispose of their unused medications at sites around the country operated by local law enforcement partners. Find a Take-Back location near you.

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