May 13, 2022 | Downers Grove, IL
A new joint program involving Midwestern University and the Illinois Department of Health Services aims to help train future healthcare professionals in evidenced-based opioid prescribing practices and educational techniques for at-risk populations to combat the ongoing crisis of prescription drug misuse.
The Midwestern University project is funded via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) Grant Program for a five-year term, amounting to $384,000 per year.
The program is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults. The program will also raise community awareness and bring prescription drug misuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers, and their patients.
The three main goals of the Midwestern program are 1) to increase integration of prescription drug information in to the University’s curricula; 2) to train Midwestern students in providing education about prescription drugs to high school students; and 3) to create community outreach programs, events, and social media content to increase awareness about the risks of medication sharing, proper drug disposal, and the resources available through the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program.
Tran H. Tran, Pharm. D., BCPS (CPDG), Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, is the Midwestern University project lead for the Illinois SPF-Rx program.