Cardinal Health Foundation, The Ohio State University Launch Fourth Toolkit to Help Reduce Abuse of Prescription Drugs on

Cardinal Health Foundation, The Ohio State University Launch Fourth Toolkit to
         Help Reduce Abuse of Prescription Drugs on College Campuses

Cardinal Health Foundation Provides Funding to Seven Schools Implementing
Educational and Preventative Tactics

PR Newswire

DUBLIN, Ohio, April 10, 2013

DUBLIN, Ohio, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The National Survey on Drug Use
and Health reported that full-time college students aged 18 to 22 were twice
as likely as their counterparts who were not full-time college students to
have used Adderall® nonmedically in the past year.[i] And The White House
Office of National Drug Control Policy reports at least one study showing that
34 percent of students at a large university used a prescription stimulant
drug when they felt academic stress, believing that these drugs increased
reading comprehension, cognition, and memory.[ii]

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Prescription drug abuse on college campuses has become reality. To help combat
the epidemic, The Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy have introduced Generation Rx University, the fourth in a
series of interactive toolkits designed to help reduce the abuse of
prescription drugs. The Generation Rx University toolkit is designed to help
college and university students, faculty and staff on campuses across the
country educate others about the misconceptions, realities and dangers of
prescription drug abuse among 18-to 25-year olds.

"The average age when prescription drug abuse starts is around 21," said Ken
Hale, assistant dean for professional and external affairs at The Ohio State
University College of Pharmacy. "It's critical that our colleges and
universities do more to help prevent this potentially deadly behavior, and
this new toolkit is designed to help them do that."

Generation Rx University was created by college students for college students
and includes discussion-based and performance-based resources intended to help
deliver programs on college campuses. The collegiate-focused material includes
PowerPoint presentations and scripts, facilitator notes, workbooks, handouts,
and posters to help foster conversation and educate participants. The toolkit
also includes a guide for creating a reality skit and encourages actors to
remain in character for a question-and-answer session following a theatrical

The collegiate toolkit was piloted in August at the 2012 Collegiate
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Conference at The Ohio State University in
Columbus, Ohio. The two-day conference, sponsored by the Cardinal Health
Foundation and other drug abuse prevention organizations, brought together 120
students, faculty and staff from 28 colleges and universities nationwide and
featured panels of experts, breakout workshops and networking opportunities.
Following the conference, attendees were encouraged to apply for grants up to
$2,500 on behalf of their college/university campuses to increase awareness
and implement Generation Rx education and prevention tactics. Seven schools
received funding: Ohio University - Lancaster in Lancaster, Ohio; Ohio
University Foundation - Athens, Ohio; Shawnee State University Foundation,
Portsmouth, Ohio; California University of Pennsylvania Foundation,
California, Penn.; University of Cincinnati Foundation - James L. Winkle
College of Pharmacy, Cincinnati, Ohio; University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.;
University of New Mexico Foundation - College of Pharmacy, Albuquerque, N.M.

"The Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Conference at The Ohio
State University generated incredible awareness and enthusiasm to tackle this
issue," said Dianne Radigan, vice president, Community Relations at Cardinal
Health. "We're pleased to be able to support schools that are pioneering a
concerted effort to prevent prescription drug abuse, and we look forward to
collaborating with them again in 2013 to celebrate the results of their work
and share best practices."

In further partnership, Cardinal Health has again collaborated with the
American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) to
promote Generation Rx University. Since 2010, the organizations have worked
together to provide a comprehensive education program to aid pharmacists and
student pharmacists in educating their communities about the dangers of
prescription drug abuse. Student pharmacists across the country use the
Generation Rx University toolkit to educate their peers around campus through
events in the classrooms, residence halls, athletic events and online through
social media.

Generation Rx University can be found at The
original Generation Rx toolkit, a second toolkit aimed at youth, and another
aimed at helping seniors prevent medication misuse can also be found on the

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $108
billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of
health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps
pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus
on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving
quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain,
providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations
each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical
products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In
addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying
medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest
network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early
diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal
Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the
company may be found at and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

About The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Established in 1885, the College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest colleges at
The Ohio State University.The overall mission is to advance pharmaceutical
care for the people of Ohio and the global community through our teaching,
research and service.The college offers high quality programs at the
undergraduate, graduate professional, graduate research, and postdoctoral
levels. For more information or on Facebook at

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American
Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more
than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student
pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the
profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use
and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of
pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit




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