Red Ribbon Days - Oct 23-31, 2016

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    Red Ribbon Days is the last week in October. It is a campaign to raise awareness about drug abuse and prevention.

    Red Ribbon Days - Oct 23-31, 2016

    Red Ribbon Days is sponsored by the National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth. Since its founding thirty years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy. Their mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.

    Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

    This organization acts as a national clearinghouse of prevention literature. NFP has developed a series of prevention brochures to help educate it's Partners with all the latest information on the Universal Campaigns such as: Red Ribbon Campaign, Red Ribbon Certified Schools, Lock Your Meds , and Safe Homes / Safe Parties

    Drug abuse in the US is an across-the-board issue. The CDC reports that 10.2% of Americans over the age of 12 have used illicit drugs in the past month (2014). In my area, we have recently received warnings about carfentanil which is a synthetic opiod related to fentanyl. However, carfentanil is used to tranquilize elephants and when mixed with heroin, is deadly. And it presents a danger to health care workers and pre-hospital providers also as it can be absorbed transdermally and/or inhaled.

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    The personal stories of loss criss-cross the nation:

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    I live in the midwest near a medium size city where our drug abuse also knows no boundaries. One of our well-known physicians lost a 16 y/o son to a heroin overdose just two years ago. She is a very strong advocate for narcan use among drug abusers and has been instrumental is prescribing narcan to anyone that asks for it, no questions asked.

    Another physician in our community has two sons who are recovering addicts. This family has open two sober houses in our community which serve men recovering from addiction, offering them a place to live and work in a sober environment.

    Drug abuse knows no gender, race, and doesn't care whether you are rich or poor. The solution isn’t clear. The Red Ribbon Campaign
    is targeted publicity aimed at children and adolescents. With the stats showing that drug use and abuse starts at an ever younger age, it is important for children and especially their parents to be aware of this and start discussion at an early age.

    Parental involvement can not be over-emphasized. However, outside forces often conspire against even the most vigilant...
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  3. by   Muser69
    I would rather a green ribbon to promote legalized medical cannabis nationally
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    PA as statewide standing order for naloxone, can be obtained at any pharmacy without RX.

    PA Opioid Abuse Act 139 of 2014
    :

    Governor Wolf stood with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society as Dr. Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. The governor was also joined by Secretary Ted Dallas, Secretary Gary Tennis, Secretary Karen Murphy, and Chairman Josh Shapiro.


    STANDING ORDER DOH-002-2016 NALOXONE PRESCRIPTION FOR OVERDOSE PREVENTION - CLICK HERE

    Drug supplied to police and EMS in SE PA. Since Act signed in fall 2014, price of drug at pharmacy increased.

    Those desiring med should check Good RX as has discount coupon.
    PA Prices and coupons for 2 syringes (1ml) of naloxone 0.4mg/m range from CVS: $20.18 to Walmart: $32.03 for SAME dose.
  5. by   AceOfHearts<3
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    PA as statewide standing order for naloxone, can be obtained at any pharmacy without RX.

    PA Opioid Abuse Act 139 of 2014
    :



    Drug supplied to police and EMS in SE PA. Since Act signed in fall 2014, price of drug at pharmacy increased.

    Those desiring med should check Good RX as has discount coupon.
    PA Prices and coupons for 2 syringes (1ml) of naloxone 0.4mg/m range from CVS: $20.18 to Walmart: $32.03 for SAME dose.
    Costco is a great place to look for cheap RX drugs too. We had issues getting a critical medication approved by my mothers insurance and had to pay for it out of pocket for a bit of time. We don't belong to Costco- there isn't one close enough to be convenient- but you don't have to be a member to use their pharmacy. We paid less than $50 at Costco for an amount that was quoted by CVS to be over $700. It was well worth it to make the 30 minute drive to Costco.

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