Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework to Prescription Drug Abuse

Welcome to CADCA’s first online course utilizing a state-of-the-art web-based learning platform. The launch of this course in October 2012 was orchestrated to coincide with National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month; however, the relevance and usability of the course content will last long after the month ends. This is the first of many courses using this innovative platform CADCA plans to offer.   

This course, entitled “Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework to Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention” will address prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine misuse, abuse and addiction, an epidemic that CADCA’s coalitions are addressing in their communities every day. Although safe when taken as prescribed and often truly life-saving, Rx and OTC medicines also present a major problem—as they are easily accessible and many perceive these drugs to be less harmful than illicit drugs. CADCA has been tracking and addressing this public health threat for more than 10 years. 

This prescription drug abuse prevention course applies the strategic prevention and community problem solving framework used by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute specifically to Rx and OTC medicine abuse. This course, consisting of 10 modules, applies the “problem statement” of youth prescription drug abuse to the major competencies of the Strategic Prevention Framework. Users should have a working knowledge of the SPF and have identified Rx abuse/misuse as a problem in order to gain significant knowledge and build basic skills to tackle the problem by taking this course.   

For those users who complete all 10 modules, a certificate of completion for 5 contact hours will be generated at the end of the final module.   

Please note: On January 7, 2014, the format of the course was slightly changed. You may have to re-enroll, but you will be able to skip past the modules that you previously completed. If you have partially completed a module, you can still access that module by clicking the My Learning Activities tab. Then, just enroll in this course and continue with the next module in the series.

The development of this course was made possible by an educational grant from Purdue Pharma, L.P.