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The Center for Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse at ETSU
In the Spring of 2012, a small group of ETSU scholars, health professionals, elected officials, and other interested parties came together to discuss the dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse and drug overdose death rates in the Appalachian Region.
An interdisciplinary working group focused on prescription drug abuse/misuse (PDA/M) has been active on campus since Spring 2012. From their first meeting, that group knew that the complexity of the PDA/M problem required inter-professional collaboration, community partnerships, teamwork, and an integrated training model that included faculty and student interaction. That group now has more than 60 members and has developed a long-range vision for a Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention at ETSU. In 2013 their work resulted in a large-scale NIDA proposal that was funded on the first attempt (PI- Pack, awarded in June, 2013). That work is focused on developing PDA/M research infrastructure while focusing on inter-professional communication and drug take-back events.
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