Rethink Rx Abuse Strategy 4: Increase Public Awareness and Patient Education about Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse

Part of Arizona’s Rethink Rx Abuse public health information campaign, these materials are intended to help communities implement a program increase public awareness and patient education about prescription drug misuse and abuse. Includes posters aimed at youth, a guide for stigma reduction, and a guide to using medicine safely.

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Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Source: Arizona Rethink RX Abuse

This one page infographic shows the impact of the opioid epidemic in Arizona. Part of the Arizona ReThink RX Abuse initiative which helps communities educate their citizens about prescription drug safety.

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Poster – Abuse Prescription Drugs and They Will Abuse You

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This poster is designed to reach youth with a message about prescription drug misuse. With a vivid yellow and orange background, it includes minimal text and highlights the risks of prescription drug misuse. The key message is: “Abuse prescription drugs, and they will abuse you.” Part of

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Poster – Do You Know What You’re Getting Into?

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This poster is designed to reach youth with a message about prescription drug misuse. The graphic shows a capsule opening to spill out words that describe the side effects and consequences of prescription drug misuse. It concludes with the tag line: “Do You Know What You Are Getting Into?”

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Poster – Do You Know What You’re Getting Into? (Version 2)

Source: Arizona Rethink RX Abuse

This poster is designed to reach youth with a message about prescription drug misuse. The graphic shows a capsule opening to spill out words that describe the side effects and consequences of prescription drug misuse. It concludes with the tag line: “Do You Know What You Are Getting Into?”

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Poster РPop Positivity…Not Pills

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This poster is designed to reach youth with a message about prescription drug misuse. In this poster, the message is positive (“Pop positivity, not pills”) and includes a graphic depicting various activities or talents youth can engage with rather than misusing substances. It concludes with an

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Opioid Use Disorder – A Guide for Stigma Reduction Efforts

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This 2 page guide from the ReThink Rx Initiative in Arizona defines stigma and explains why we must address stigma in order to have an impact on the opioid and addiction crisis. It also describes 8 steps individuals and organizations can take to reduces stigma.

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Check Your Medicines – Tips for Using Medicine Safely

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This one page fact sheet provides 8 tips for patients and caregivers about how to safely use prescription medications. Includes recommendations for how to communicate with your prescriber including what questions to ask during an appointment and also address safe storage and disposal.

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