Generation Rx is offered through a partnership between the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
It’s true that prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm—especially when misused. While the majority of teens do not misuse prescription medications, these products remain the third most prevalent substance used amongst teens, behind marijuana and alcohol. Young people often misuse prescription medications to manage their lives, with little understanding of the potential social, health, or legal consequences for doing so.
Moreover, research indicates the average age of first initiation falls during the early twenties, suggesting that many teens choosing not to misuse during high school remain vulnerable to misuse later in life. As a result, now is the time to teach teens how to safely use medication.
The educational program includes engaging, hands-on activities that focus on teaching teens safe medication practices, as well as techniques for turning down the invitation to misuse and engaging in positive alternatives.