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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.   

CAMILLE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS AND PRODUCTS BECAUSE OF THEIR POTENTIAL TO PROMOTE RECOVERY AND PREVENT DRUG MISUSE

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RECOVERY FOR AMERICA

SAFERX

TUNNEL OF HOPE

Due to a gap in treatment, nearly 90% of Americans with a severe substance use disorder do not receive the treatment they need. In addition, over 90% of Americans suffering from a co-occuring disorder of both mental illness and a substance use disorder are precluded from adequate service. Recovery for America Now was founded to become the Nation’s leading non-profit expressly designed to make treatment more accessible for all people.

 

Recovery for America Now Foundation was formed by extremely special, compassionate, and accomplished individuals from across various disciplines who have dedicated their time and expertise to achieve our mission of saving lives. We are honored and eternally grateful that these extraordinary individuals have joined our team to lend their voice, knowledge, and expertise to make the miracle of recovery a reality.

Camille serves as an advisory board member for Recovery for America Now Foundation.

Safe Rx produces patented locking prescription vials (LPVs™) that keep medicine from falling into the wrong hands. Developed by medical experts and endorsed by industry leaders, Safe Rx® LPVs™ provide a simple, secure storage solution to protect individuals, families and communities from improper access to medication. Safe Rx® LPVs™ utilize four-digit locks with over 10,000 possible combinations. Unlike existing medicine bottles1 , LPVs™ have a 100 percent child safety certification success rate for children under five years of age. The tamper-evident and pilfer resistant LPVs™ are designed for use in dispensing and are engineered for extremely low incremental fill time and easy workflow adaptation. 

Camille serves as an advisory board member for SafeRx.

In 1999, after losing his son in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans and lacking answers from police, a small town pharmacist – Dan Schneider – beats the odds when he embarks on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son’s killer to justice. But months later, the ripple effects of his son’s addiction and tragic death would find him again when a troubling number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting Dan’s pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin. Sensing a crisis long before the opioid epidemic had gained nationwide attention, Dan stakes a mission: Save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community. Then take the fight to Big Pharma itself.