My Smart Dose – Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign

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MY SMART DOSE

                  New ADMH Campaign Offers Preventive Information on Prescription Drug Abuse

Every day in the United States, over 100 people die from a drug overdose. Medicine needed by one person can become poison when taken by another. Drugs received from a doctor should always be taken as directed. They should never be shared. What’s prescribed for a person is just for that person— based on symptoms, weight, and family history. If pills are taken that are not prescribed, a  person is putting themselves at a serious risk.

The Alabama Department of Mental Health is proud to offer information that could save lives and make a difference. The mission of the My Smart Dose initiative is to break the cycle of prescription drug abuse among young people through prevention, education, and awareness. My Smart Dose is a cooperative effort of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is made possible by a grant provided by SAMHSA.

Visit the My Smart Dose website to learn the five signs of prescription drug abuse, take a self-assessment, call the 24/7 Hotline at 1-844-307-1760 for support and resources, or search substance abuse provider listings by your location. The website offers a Provider Resource area for partners to download and help share information. Please join My Smart Dose as an ambassador—get the word out on how to get smart about prescription drugs.

Feel free to email us with any promotions or events you may host to go along with the campaign. This campaign will run through December 31st. We will be sharing digital and print materials, videos and other information on the social media and websites. We will also be at several football games this fall, to share information!

To find out more, contact the ADMH Office of Prevention at 334-242-3962 or the Office of Public Information at 334-242-3417.

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