2014-05-14 / Other News

Early Choices’ GENRx reps attend National Rx Drug Abuse Summit


GENRx representatives attending the summit were, from left, Erin Lee, GENRx Project Coordinator; Gwen Houston, Family Connection FACES Coordinator; Brandy Floyd, PA-C, Pioneer Family Care; and Investigator Theia Moore, Early County Sheriff’s Office. GENRx representatives attending the summit were, from left, Erin Lee, GENRx Project Coordinator; Gwen Houston, Family Connection FACES Coordinator; Brandy Floyd, PA-C, Pioneer Family Care; and Investigator Theia Moore, Early County Sheriff’s Office. Four members of the Early Choices’ GENRx project attended the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, April 22 to April 24.

This was the third annual summit, which brings together professionals from local, state and federal agencies. Keynote speakers included Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control.

Study tracks were offered for clinicians, pharmacists, educators and advocates, law enforcement and treatment providers. The summit focuses on eliminating prescription drug abuse, which was declared a public health crisis by the CDC in 2012.

GENRx is a grantfunded project to reduce misuse and abuse of prescription drugs among 12-25 year olds in Early County. The project operates under Early Choices, the prevention arm of Early County Family Connection FACES. The primary focus of GENRx is to promote disposal of expired and unused medications. Most individuals who abuse prescription drugs, regardless of age, say they took the pills from the home of family or friends.

The permanent drug drop boxes are a response to this extreme ease of access. Through partnership with law enforcement and the medical community, GENRx has placed permanent drug drop boxes in the sheriff’ s office at Early County Courthouse and the lobby of the Early County Jail. Posters promoting the boxes are displayed in medical exam rooms throughout Blakely. GENRx can also provide lock boxes designed to fit inside the medicine cabinet for safe storage of prescriptions which are needed in the home. GENRx is funded by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Office of Prevention. For more information on this project, call Erin Lee, project coordinator, at 723- 5122.

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