Create a Mock Medicine Cabinet Display

A group of 4-H members in Ohio created a mock medicine cabinet to raise prescription misuse awareness.
The traveling display was created to resemble an ordinary bathroom sink with a mirrored cabinet above. This attention-grabbing display asks “What’s in your medicine cabinet?”.
The 4-H members designed the display to serve as an interactive booth. Individuals can open the cabinet to find mock prescription bottles with written opioid facts. Community resources were also made available.

A mock medicine cabinet is a creative way to raise awareness in your community!
Consider constructing this display for science or health fairs, awareness projects, Red Ribbon Week, Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, National Prescription Take-Back Days, and other public events.
Include resources like “Count it, Lock it, Drop it”, Naloxone traingins, Tennessee REDLINE info, lockboxes, and support information.

Check out the resources listed below to find more details.

Distribute National DEC Brochure

One of the key components of the drug endangered children mission is a clear understanding of the risks that children face when their caregivers are engaged in drug activity or substance abuse.
This knowledge highlights the need for collaborative efforts to help these children and their families and motivates practitioners to look at how they can do their jobs differently to increase the chances of better outcomes for drug endangered children, families and the communities they serve.
Enhancing awareness about drug endangered children is an ongoing part of the DEC mission and it provides the foundation for taking action to implement and sustain the collaborative DEC Approach.
The brochure attached below provides a brief overview of the National DEC. This document can be printed or emailed to others.

Equip College Residence Halls With Narcan

The misuse of prescription drugs has been identified as one of the most serious and costly issues facing Tennesseans today.
Naloxone (often known by its nasal spray application brand name NarcanTM) is a proven tool in the battle against drug abuse and overdose death. When too much opioid medication is taken, it can slow breathing to a dangerously low rate. When breathing slows too much, overdose death can occur. Naloxone can reverse this potentially fatal situation by allowing the person to breathe normally again.
In July 2014, Tennessee became the 18th state to pass a “Good Samaritan” civil immunity law centered on naloxone. The “Good Samaritan Law” grants civil immunity for individuals administering Naloxone to someone they reasonably believe is overdosing on an opioid.
More and more public spaces are becoming equipped with Naloxone spray. They are usually kept with first aid kits and AED machines (automated external defibrillator).
Consider adding Naloxone in your college residence halls.
Naloxone training for dorm RAs and other residential life administrators ensures student safety.
Schedule training with your Regional Opioid Prevention Specialist (ROPS)

Participate in HAPI Events and Projects

Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) provides artistic opportunities for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to promote healing, community awareness, and inclusion.
HAPI hosts several programs which include:
Art classes
Publications
Exhibitions
Public Outreach Events
Check out the resources listed below to learn more about the HAPI mission and events happening near you!

Attend Community Focused Opioid Summits

One way to increase general awareness within a community is to attend a seminar on the topic. It can be as detailed as a workshop teaching Drug Endangered Children (DEC) awareness or as relaxed as a PowerPoint presentation viewed at a town hall meeting.

Here are some common opioid-related events:
Educational Film Screening
Addiction Seminar
Naloxone Training
DEC Awareness Training
Opioid Summit
Town Hall Meetings
Monthly Prevention Coalition Meetings
Health Fair ​ ​

Be sure to check out the TN Together calendar to find events near you!
Search for events using keywords like “opioid” “addicition” “recovery” on Eventbrite.
Find coalition information through the Prevention Alliance website.

Participate in International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st!
International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It is also an opportunity to stimulate discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.
This is a day to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. Take action by spreading the message that drug overdose is preventable!

Get involved by participating in or even hosting awareness events.
Are you planning on hosting an event this year? TNTogether.com is a great place to search for tons of community focused ideas.
Here are just a few activity examples.
Naloxone training
Candlelight vigil
Education fair
Host a film screening 

Check out the resources listed below for more information about International Overdose Awareness Day as well as events being held throughout the state of Tennessee!