CA Access News

October 2010

In this Issue: Feature | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


When it comes to teens, access isn't always a good thing...

Prescription drugs are the second most abused category of drugs in the United States, following marijuana.1 When taken as prescribed for legitimate medical purposes, prescription drugs can be safe and effective. In fact, many people suffer needless pain from disease in the absence of appropriate, medically supervised access to analgesic medicines. Read more

Partner Spotlight

California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

The mission of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), is to act as the leader in advocating the role of the pharmacist as an essential provider of health care and to support pharmacists in providing optimal patient care.

This October, pharmacists in California will celebrate American Pharmacists Month by holding events like health fairs that reach out to the public in promoting pharmacists as health care providers with solutions to their health care problems. CPhA, founded in 1869, is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacy professionals from all practice settings. The Association's overall mission is to promote, expand and defend the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists in California. To learn more about CPhA, you can read their Annual Report here or browse through their quarterly magazine, California Pharmacist, here.

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Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Amy Wall at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Amy Wall at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

CPAT Partner News

CPAT partner, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP), was recently highlighted in the news for their participation in the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust discussion on health care reform. Read about their involvement here:

Articles about prescription drug safety:

Drug czar: Parents must talk to kids
UPI, October 7, 2010
Parents must take personal responsibility for reversing increases in young people's drug use in the United States, the U.S. drug czar said Thursday. "Now more than ever, families must recognize early signs that children may be using drugs and take immediate action to protect them from the potential of a lifetime of drug-related consequences and harm," National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said.

White House Drug Policy Director Urges Parents to Take Action to Prevent Youth Drug Use
Press Release, October 7, 2010
Washington, DC--In light of recent data revealing troubling increases in youth drug use in America, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), today urged parents and community leaders to take action to prevent and reduce drug use. Last month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released data showing drug use in the United States increased significantly between 2008 and 2009 – with 1 in 10 youth ages 12-17 and 1 in 5 young adults ages 18 to 25 reporting drug use in the last month.

Talking To Your Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse
AMW Safety Center, October 1. 2010
As a parent of a high schooler, you've probably had a conversation about illicit drug use with your kid. The teenage years are the time during which substance abuse typically begins, and it's important to talk to your child early on before they encounter a situation where are getting the wrong message on drugs. In 2008, approximately 1.64 million teens between the ages of 12 and 18 tried drugs for the first time, so it's important that they get facts before it's too late. /

Why Teens Abuse Prescription and OTC Drugs
Parents. The Anti-Drug
Teens report many reasons for abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Like with street drugs, prescription and OTC drugs are often abused by teens to get high. This might be to party, to escape reality, to experiment, or to relieve boredom.

Interesting Information

Drug Safety Facts

Many Americans benefit from the appropriate use of prescription pain killers, but when abused they can be as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken exactly as directed by a medical professional.

The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest-growing drug problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) research report Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction, there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused, opioids, central nervous system depressants and stimulants.

Prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers. Prescription drug abuse poses a unique challenge because of the need to balance prevention, education, and enforcement, with the need for legitimate access to controlled substance prescription drugs.

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