Georgia Rx Abuse Project

America’s biggest drug problem isn’t on the streets - it’s in our medicine cabinets. In fact, the CDC has declared prescription drug abuse as a national epidemic. It reports that prescription drugs are the cause of more deaths by overdose than street drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and meth.

In response to this epidemic, the Georgia Prevention Project launches the Georgia Rx Abuse Project campaign.

"Out of Reach" - Medicine Abuse, Through the Eyes of a Teen

"Out of Reach" is a special documentary created by a teen filmmaker who captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as it exists in his world. The issues contained in the film are a reflection of this issue across the country. It was created in collaboration with director Tucker Capps (of A&E’s “Intervention”) and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kid's Medicine Abuse Project. Email communications@drugfree.org for more information about how you can help #EndMedicineAbuse by sharing the full film and an accompanying "Out of Reach" toolkit with your friends, schools, communities, families and more.

Copyright © 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids


For more information visit: cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/

3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home:

Step 1 - Monitor

  • Take note of how many pills are in each of your prescription bottles or pill packets.
  • Keep track of your refills, including those for your teens and other members of the household.
  • If your teen has been prescribed a drug, be sure you control the medication, and monitor dosages and refills.

Step 2 - Secure

  • Take prescription meds out of the medicine cabinet and hide them in a place only you know about.
  • If possible, keep all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet your teen cannot access.
  • Tell relatives, especially grandparents, to lock their meds or keep them in a safe place.

Step 3 - Dispose

  • Discard expired or unused prescription drugs, when your teens are not home.
  • When throwing away medications, mix the meds with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
  • Do not flush medication down the drain or toilet.
  • To help prevent unauthorized refills and protect your privacy, remove any personal, identifiable information from prescription bottles before you throw them away.
  • You can also dispose of your meds at drop box locations at your local police department or sheriff’s office. For dropbox locations near you, visit www.americanmedicinechest.com. For Georgia locations go to www.stoprxabuseinga.org/prescription-drug-disposal.html.

For more information, visit: medicineabuseproject.org/what-you-can-do/safeguard-your-home