The Rapid Overdose Response System is a Families Against Narcotics project that aims to provide prescription drug misuse (PDM) education, increase the use of PDM data for the purpose of enhancing real-time decision-making, and deploy naloxone/prevention resources throughout the state of Michigan.
What is PDM?
Prescription drug misuse is the use of medications for reasons other than why they were initially prescribed, taking medication that was not prescribed to you, and taking medication more often or at higher doses than originally prescribed.
Signs of PDM
Forging, stealing, or selling prescriptions
Taking higher doses or more often than prescribed
Being hostile or having mood swings
Sleeping less or more
Making poor decisions
Requesting early refills or continually "losing" prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
Trying to get prescriptions from more than one prescriber
Families Against Narcotics offers free on-site or virtual PDM Education Sessions for community members, prescribers, and school-age children interested in learning about commonly misused prescription medications, safe medication storage and disposal practices, discussion strategies, and prevention, treatment, and recovery resources.
For more information on the Rapid Overdose Response System project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.