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Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs

(SPF Rx)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Strategic Prevention for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx) builds upon the experience and established Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The program is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state/tribal level.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Division of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse, is funding the three highest need counties to address Iowa's substance abuse prevention priority of prescription drug misuse for person's aged 12 to 17 and 18 and older through the SPF Rx funding.

The SPF represents a five-step, data driven process used to 1) assess needs; 2) build capacity; 3) engage in a strategic planning process; 4) implement a strategic plan; and 5) evaluate processes and outcomes. Cultural competency and sustainability are a focus across all five SPF steps.

Project Goals

Funded counties will work towards the same goals of the SPF Rx project including:

  • Prioritize and mobilize comprehensive efforts in Iowa to address prescription drug misuse
  • Reduce the prevalence of nonmedical use of prescription drugs in Iowa
  • Reduce the consequences of nonmedical use of prescription drugs in Iowa
  • Utilize the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data in the development of population-wide interventions
  • Apply the SPF planning methods to the SPF Rx grantee and sub-grantees

Project Resources

The SPF Rx project will utilize and promote the following:

If you would like to order print copies of the Prescription Monitoring Program infographic or if you would like to utilize the "Prescription Drugs are Still Drugs" media campaign, contact Janet Nelson at 515-725-2018.

For More Information

Contact Janet Nelson, SPF Rx Project Director at 515-725-2018