Which of the following organizations promotes the Prescription Drug Safety Program?
Answer: AWARxE, [NABP News Letter 2015].
AWARxE was originally created and implemented by the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation in 2007 in memory of Justin Pearson, who died following an accidental drug overdose involving prescription drugs he purchased online.
In 2010, the NABP Foundation TM purchased the program to take AWARxE’s message to a national audience.
Prescription drug abuse in the United States has reached epidemic levels, with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting over 22,000 overdose deaths in 2012 alone.
Although data from many states indicate that prescription drug overdose deaths are decreasing, there has also been a large increase in the use of heroin. Most experts now believe that these issues are connected.
In response to these trends, AWARxE has expanded efforts to raise awareness at both the national and community levels. In 2012, AWARxE launched its biweekly electronic AWARxE
Prescription Drug Safety News which is sent to over 16,000 subscribers.
The AWARxE® Prescription Drug Safety Program has served as an information source for consumers nationwide, providing authoritative resources about medication safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safely purchasing medications online.
As AWARxE celebrates this milestone, the program will continue to share vital information through the AWARxE website, electronic newsletter, social media pages, public service announcements (PSAs), and community events.