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Safe Communities America Networking Conference August 14 – 15, 2012. Natasha Southworth, MPH, CHES Emory Center for Injury Control Emory University. Emory University – Atlanta, GA. A safe place to work, teach, study, and live…. Our Community.

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safe communities america networking conference august 14 15 2012
Safe Communities America

Networking Conference

August 14 – 15, 2012

Natasha Southworth, MPH, CHES

Emory Center for Injury Control

Emory University

emory university atlanta ga
Emory University – Atlanta, GA

A safe place to work, teach, study, and live…

our community
Our Community
  • Community: Faculty, Staff, Students (families and visitors)
  • Leadership Group: Emory Safety Alliance
    • 25 Departments at Emory University
    • Chairs: Dr. Debra Houry, Dr. Michael Huey, Ms. Patty Olinger
    • Meetings: 1x semester
  • Mission: “to foster a culture of safety for Emory University through a systematic, data-driven, and centralized approach of promoting safety, reducing injuries, and preparing our community for natural and human-generated disasters”
  • Website: http://www.safetyalliance.emory.edu/
  • 20th U.S. Safe Community – Designation April 24th 2012
prescription drug abuse opioids sedatives and tranquilizers stimulants
GEORGIA

Overdose deaths increased 10% from 2009 – 2010

“Think About It” Campaign – Medical Assoc. of GA

Prescription drug monitoring database approved in 2011

GA’s DBHDD:

Crisis/Access Line

Treatment Services

Residential Services

Mobile Crisis Services

Prescription Drug Abuseopioids, sedatives and tranquilizers, stimulants
emory faculty staff
Emory Faculty & Staff
  • 3rd largest private employer in metro-Atlanta
  • 12,949 Employees (2011)
  • Faculty = 64% male, 75% above 40 yrs. , primarily white
  • Staff = 66% female, 60% above 40 yrs., white and African American
  • Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
    • Substance abuse prevention education (panels and workshops)
    • Physician and nurse specific programs
    • Individual assessment with employee
    • Referral Services
    • Return-to-work conference
    • Aftercare Substance Abuse Recovery Support Group
college campuses
College Campuses
  • 1 in 4 college students have illegally used prescription drugs (SAMHSA, 2009)
  • 18 – 22 yr. olds, full-time college students 2x more likely to use a stimulant for non-medical reasons (SAMSHA, 2009)
  • 13% of college students report using 1 or more prescription drugs not prescribed to them, in last 12 months (NCHA survey, fall 2011)
  • Common Beliefs:
    • Medications are safer than street drugs - FDA approved and prescribed by a doctor
    • It is the “norm” to share pills
emory students
Emory Students
  • 2 Colleges, 7 Graduate Schools
  • Undergrad + Graduate = 13,893
  • Prescription Drug Use: self-report of drugs taken that were not prescribed to individual, NCHA survey, fall 2011, N = 1574
    • Stimulants = 5.7%
    • Antidepressants = 1.9%
    • Pain Killers = 4.4%
    • Sedatives = 3.1%
  • Reasons for Use: self-report to substance abuse counselors
    • Self –medicating
    • Self – medicating + partying
    • Experimenting
emory students cont d
Emory Students Cont’d
  • Office of Health Promotion, Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Prevention Services
    • Create harm reduction/wellness plan
    • Increase awareness
    • Screening and referral services
    • Safety Education
  • Visit:
    • Self-referral
    • Referral from friends, Psychiatry Dept.
    • Medical Amnesty Case
    • Mandated through Student Conduct
  • Substances: #1: Alcohol, #2: Marijuana, Adderall, Cocaine, Prescription drug abuse very rare
georgia poison center
Georgia Poison Center
  • Services:
    • 24 hr. poison emergency treatment information
    • Professional and Public Education – Medicine Safety
    • Resource Center
    • Educational Materials
    • Research and Data Collection
    • Health Fair, Lecture Requests, National Poison Prevention Week
  • Staff: physicians, toxicologists, nurses, pharmacists
  • Training Site: toxicology, poisoning epidemiology, poison prevention, toxicological diagnosis and care
  • Emergency Calls: 115,669 (2009)
  • Monthly Call Summary: June 2012
    • Sedatives/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics
    • Antidepressants
addressing the issue
Addressing the Issue

Challenges

Benefits

Several Prescribers

Close-knit community

Stigma

Increase in prescriptions among students

Small Size

Contained Campus

Communications

Safe Community

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