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MIND YOUR MEDS EDUCATES AND RAISES AWARENESS AROUND MEDICATION SAFETY AND DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION FROM PEDIATRICS TO GERIATRICS

Every day, nearly 300 Americans die as a result of an opioid overdose. As Miss America 2020 and a Doctor of Pharmacy student, Camille wanted to take action

FOCUS AREAS INCLUDE...

COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Today in the United States, over 2 million people are addicted to prescription and non-prescription opioids*.  According to the CDC an estimated 81,000 people died from a drug overdose between June 2019 and May 2020, the highest number ever recorded in a 12-month period...meaning that now, more than 300 Americans are dying every single day from an opioid overdose**.  

Addiction is a disease. Nearly 80% of opioid addiction in the United States began from misuse of prescribed opioids.  Regardless of how this disease begins, it can strike anyone and is not a moral failing. There are steps we can take to help save the lives of those afflicted and lead them back to health. 

*https://archives.drugabuse.gov/testimonies/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse

**https://www.axios.com/cdc-overdose-deaths-accelerate-pandemic-60919c88-c5ad-494f-8eae-29798b218753.html?fbclid=IwAR2Bls9uM-SxJ43DiOISUirYOgJHGgFUYcHVucLCd_wDVioI0wXjctk8C0s

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HOW IT BEGAN

The daughter of a registered nurse and a Doctor of Pharmacy Student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Camille recognized the ongoing unmet need for education and awareness of medication safety ranging from over the counter medications to prescription drugs, especially opioids in both pediatric and geriatric populations. 

After completing a Naloxone (aka Narcan) training session with the Virginia Department of Health and learning how prescription and illicit opioid drugs are plaguing our communities, Camille knew she wanted to use her platform to raise mindfulness and to combat this epidemic, and Mind Your Meds™ was born.