Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Event date: 
November 27, 2012 01:30 pm - 03:00 pm EST
SAMHSA's Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace Project
Dr. Scott Novak, Senior Researcher at RTI International

We are excited to announce that the SAMHSA-funded Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace project (PAW) is hosting its first webinar on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.  The webinar will be led  by Dr. Scott Novak. Dr. Novak is a senior researcher at RTI International and a preeminent national expert in prescription drug abuse. He has led several NIH-funded grants on the causes and consequences of prescription drug abuse, and served as a national advisory board member to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on issues related to abuse liability of prescription pain relievers and ADHD stimulant medications.    

This first webinar will provide an overview of the history of the prescription drug abuse epidemic,  discuss the social groups most affected by prescription drug abuse, and provide a “gentle” introduction to the psycho-pharmacology of prescription medications (e.g., what is the difference between hydrocodone and oxycodone, what does “extended release” mean, how are Vicodin and OxyContin different.

In addition to learning more about this important issue, the webinar will provide attendees an opportunity to share their own ideas about designing effective prevention programming, including how to create attractive prevention messages, which groups to target, and how to select venues to maximize participation.   

We hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday November 27, 2012, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 PM. Eastern Time. We are planning a second prescription drug abuse webinar in early 2013 that will cover model prescription drug prevention programs.


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