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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