The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded more than $1.8 million dollars through August 31, 2021 to increase awareness and prevention of prescription drug misuse. The Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) will fund Polk, Jasper and Scott counties to help reduce prescription drug abuse.
“The Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs grant will help increase our prevention efforts throughout Iowa by educating the public about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs,” said Janet Nelson, SPF-Rx Program Director. “We’ll also be working with pharmacists and health care providers to address the risks of over-prescribing medications to young adults.” Although prescription drug misuse has been in the headlines for months, it’s easy to assume it only happens to “someone else.” Many of those struggling with addiction to these medications did not start using them recreationally. By limiting over-prescription of powerful prescription drugs such as painkillers, over-use and possibly addiction are less likely.
The three counties awarded the SPF Rx grant went through a request for proposal process based on their need determined by the rate of opioid-related deaths, number of opioid treatment admissions, number of opioid-related hospitalizations, and the 2016 Iowa Youth Survey results on prescription drug misuse.
The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a five-step planning process known to support positive youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build on assets and prevent problem behaviors. The idea behind the SPF is to use findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity and sustainable prevention. The SPF steps require states and communities to systematically:
1.Assess prevention needs based on epidemiological data
2.Build prevention capacity
3.Develop a strategic plan
4.Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices
5.Evaluate efforts for outcomes
The SPF-Rx grant complements the Iowa Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grant received by IDPH from SAMHSA in May. For more information, click here.