October 24, 2012 —
Everyone has opportunities in their lives to make a difference, and I've been experiencing a few of my own lately. Not long ago, I hosted a town hall meeting in my community on medicine abuse, and it was a great event! I was proud to help raise awareness of this issue among parents and teachers.
Recently, I also had another opportunity to reach parents, educators, and nurses around the country. I was invited to participate in the Medicine Abuse Project's "Hope for Recovery" webinar, presented by the Partnership at DrugFree.org and A&E Network. The webinar focused on how teens can recover from medicine abuse and included R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control; Jeff VanVonderen from the A&E series Intervention; and a young adult in recovery from medicine abuse.
I hope that parents, educators, and nurses around the country take this opportunity to learn more about teen medicine abuse and most importantly, how they can help prevent it. If you didn't get a chance to watch the webinar, you can check out the video on A&E's site.