- Nick LeFevre, Coalition Assistant presented on the latest trends represented in the Arizona Youth Survey (AYS) about differences in use by gender. Trend for lifetime use is higher for females than males on alcohol, marijuana and RX prescriptions. 30 day use among females is edging higher among alcohol and RX prescriptions. Alcohol use in 8th grade among females is higher than males but by 12th grade they are about equal. 30 day use of marijuana among female 8th graders is higher than males, but by 12th grade use by males exceeds female use by nearly 10 points. RX prescription meds once again show females higher in 8th grade but male use is higher than females by about 1 point by 12th grade.
- The Tool Kit (Reduce Illicit Acquisition and Diversion of Prescription Drugs) from Arizona Criminal Justice System (ACJC) was presented to the Coalition. There are five strategies and each strategy was presented in a basic informational format.
- Install permanent prescription drop boxes.
- Inform healthcare providers about the Prescription Monitoring Program and its benefits to public health.
- Reach out to law enforcement agencies about training opportunities and information about the value of registering and utilizing Arizona’s controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program.
- Raise awareness about prescription drug misuse and abuse by education, communication, safeguard and proper disposal.
- Provide healthcare providers with signs of prescription drug addiction in youth and adults.
- This was new information to the Coalition members and all members thought it was important initiative to look into. Rick Horvath and several members felt that the drop box initiative was the place to start and then we could look at the other strategies. Frank Mirizio offered to contact the Tempe PD about the drop box strategy.
- Frank Mirizio reported that the parent workshops had 47 attendees on April 7 and 108 on April 8. Parents indicated they want more information. It was decided to hold two in the fall and two in the spring with the support of all three school districts. TV crews from Channel 5 and Channel 3 were present. Two articles were in the East Valley Tribune. TUHSD supported the Coalition by sending out 13,000 emails about the workshops. In addition the Coalition printed and distributed 1200 flyers to the middle schools.
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