Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention


Gen-Rx Project

GEN-Rx is a new initiative to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse. This program, funded by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities aims to educate the public about the proper use of prescription drugs, proper storage and the disposal drugs. GEN-Rx is a response to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among youth and young adults in GA. Nonmedical use of prescription drugs has grown substantially since the 1990’s and is responsible for an increasing number of emergency room visits and overdose deaths.

The general project objectives are:

  • Decrease availability to prescription drugs for 12-25 year olds.
  •  Increase knowledge and raise public awareness of properly storing and disposing of drugs and promote the place designated for disposal of medicines and inform people about the location of the storage boxes (drop-boxes).
  • Increase peer and family norms that discourage prescription misuse/abuse among 12-25 year olds.
  • Increase the perception prescription drug risk/harm in youth, young adults, family, community members and providers.

The project will follow the methods of SAMHSA/CSAP Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). This method uses a five-step process known to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the life span.

The Strategic Prevention Framework Steps require to systematically:

  • Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data,
  • Build their prevention capacity,
  • Develop a strategic plan,
  • Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices, and
  • Evaluate their efforts for outcomes.

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How you can help:

Join the monthly meetings our substance abuse prevention coalition CHISPAS to be held the third Friday of every month at 9:00 am. During the meetings we discuss our upcoming strategies with the members of the coalition.

If you want to know more information about the location of the storage boxes (drop-boxes), please visit

Emory’s Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development (MSACD) prevention program serves as the state expert on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASO) and other drug related birth defects. We are dedicated to the prevention of prenatal exposures and negative consequences of maternal substance use and/or abuse by providing a range of prevention services to agencies, communities, and families across the state of Georgia.

For more information
(404) 712-9829