BRIEF: Saddleback College will host a prescription abuse prevention presentation

The California Nursing Students’ Association will be presenting a lecture on Wednesday, April 4

The California Nursing Students’ Association has planned to present “RX for Prevention – Drug Abuse Trends in Orange County,” from 7 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. The presentation’s announcement states that it will occur in room 145 of the Health Sciences building on the college’s campus. One continuing education credit will be offered to registered nurses and emergency medical technicians that are able to attend the presentation.

Della Lisi Kerr, a health scientist for the Prescription Initiative program and part of the Alcohol Drug Education and Prevention Team, will lead the presentation. Della Lisi Kerr received the Linda Kearns Community Prevention Award in 2015. The award was established by the Executive Committee of the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network to honor Linda Kearns for her 31 years of service with the organization.

The demonstration will provide prescription abuse statistics, as well as strategies and resources for abuse prevention. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that every day, more than 115 American die due to overdosing from opioids, including morphine, methadone, hydrocodone, or oxycodone. In “Vital Signs: Trends in Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Opioid Overdoses,” the centers for Disease Control and Prevention saw an increase of opioid overdoses from 30 percent in July 2016 through September 2017.