The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), a program of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, recently announced members of their Rx Initiative Sub-Committee.
The Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership, along with many state and local partners has launched a multi-systemic effort to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in Arizona. The program was piloted in three counties where they saw a 28 percent reduction in rates of opioid-related deaths, while non-pilot counties saw a 4 percent increase. CCYSA is launching this effort in the Chandler community.
Members of the sub-committee include: Kathleen Dowler, Dignity Health; Dr. Sandy Indermuhle, Dignity Health/Premier Emergency Medical Specialists; Dr. James Bogash, Arizona Board of Chiropractors; Carrie Holmes, Southwest Behavior; Cmdr. Edward Upshaw, Chandler Police; Cmdr. Matt Christensen, Chandler Police; Ted Huntington, ICAN/CCYSA; Cinthia Martinez, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care; Deborah Miller, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family; Natalia Chimbo-Andrade, Community Bridges; Mariah Hile, Valley Hope Association; Terry Roe, Chandler City Council member.
The sub-committee is being tasked with educating the community about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, which was recently named a national epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control. Arizona ranks 12th highest in the nation for individuals 12-plus years misusing and abusing prescription drugs and 7.6 percent of youth in Chandler reported using prescription drugs in the last 30 days.
The public is encouraged to lock up their prescription drugs and discard their old prescription drugs at drop boxes located at the three Chandler Police substations. In addition, the sub-committee will be going out in the community to make presentations to groups of people. If you are interested in a presentation, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.