This spring semester, Generation Rx presented at Clarence Middle School to an audience of about 300 students on the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. In this presentation, they explained the myths associated with prescription drugs and “debunked” them. They started off the discussion by talking about drugs like heroin and Oxycontin as well as methamphetamine and Adderall. They compared the chemical structures of the drugs and explained the similarities they share to emphasize their potential for abuse. This helped the students gain awareness on the correct information surrounding medications and how to use them properly.
Generation Rx also engaged their audience by having them participate in a “Family Feud” themed trivia game that focused on prescription drug abuse facts and ways to prevent it from happening in the community. Prior to the game, they had the students watch a short documentary of a young teenager who started experimenting with prescription drugs and eventually went on to abuse these drugs. The documentary helped the audience to see the negative consequences of getting involved in prescription drug abuse. Generation Rx was successful in raising awareness of medication drug abuse and educating their audience on prescription drug misuse and abuse.