Our goal is to educate our community on opioid abuse and overdose. With free Narcan Training opportunities, we help prepare Rutgers students to step up in a potentially life-saving manner in the event of an opioid overdose. Join us at our bi-weekly hybrid meetings to learn more about what opportunities are available to you. Check out our linktree for more information!
PDAOA aims to promote awareness of the rising prevalence of prescription drug abuse and misuse to the Rutgers community. The misuse of prescription medication in America has escalated in recent years to the point of being a public health crisis. Nearly 20,000 American die each year from opioid overdose each year with an estimated 2 million more having become addicted according to a national survey conducted by SAMHSA. Educating individuals and the community as a whole about the perils that the misuse of prescription drugs have is one of the most powerful tools that can contribute to the prevention of prescription drug abuse. PDAOA will table at student centers and other locations on campus educating the community about commonly abused prescription narcotics which can lead to addiction and overdose and the very real issue of overprescription and misprescription of prescription drugs. The term “Primum non nocere”, meaning “first, do no harm” is the guiding bioethics principle that those in the healthcare field follow. Although doctors are well-intentioned and want to help their patients, the overprescription of medication is a serious problem with potentially fatal consequences that must be addressed. PDAOA aims to raise money for organizations that advocate for more stringent regulations for safer prescribing of medication and extra physician training as well as convince the public and Congress of the immediate attention needed to combat addiction and bring an end to the prescription drug epidemic.