Generation Rx at Riverhead Middle School and Parent Survey


On Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st, Riverhead CAP conducted Generation Rx medication safety presentations for all Riverhead Middle School students. Following the presentations, students are asking their parents to complete a four question survey so that they may be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Tanger gift card.

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, the program strives to enhance medication safety among youth, college students, other adults in our community, and seniors. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, especially among teens. The CDC reports that one in five teens say they have taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription and each day more than 2,000 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that nearly half of young people who inject heroin reported abusing prescription painkillers before starting to use heroin. Some individuals reported taking up heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription drugs. In addition, more people die from prescription drug overdoses than from all illegal drugs combined. In fact, prescription drug deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., outnumbering highway traffic fatalities.

There are several ways to practice medication safety, including:

  • Only using prescription medications as directed by a health professional
  • Never sharing your prescription medications with others or using someone else’s medications
  • Always storing  medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly disposing of medications that you no longer need
  • Being a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students, or patients.
There are two ways to safely dispose of unused, unwanted & expired medication in our community. The first is to bring it to the 24/7 permanent medication drop box in the lobby of the Riverhead Police Department at 210 Howell Avenue, Riverhead. The other way is by participating in a medication take back event; these events occur 5-6 times per year throughout the Town of Riverhead and are posted on Riverhead CAP’s website. Disposal is always free and anonymous. Since the permanent Medication Drop Box was installed in August 2014, over 4,000 pounds of medication have been collected. Middle school parents are being asked to complete the survey so that the conversation about medication safety can continue after the presentations, and so that we can measure community awareness about medication disposal options. Parent surveys must be completed by Wednesday, November 29th to be eligible to win the $100 Tanger gift card. You can access there survey here.