Partnership research shows that 1 in 4 teens has misused or abused a prescription drug in their lifetime. And due to the increase in prescription drug abuse, drug overdoses now exceed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Behind these often-cited statistics are families and communities that have been torn apart by the misuse and abuse of prescription medicine and, increasingly, heroin.
What can you do to help end medicine abuse? Learn how you can safeguard and properly dispose of your unused or expired medication by joining the Office of the National Drug Control Policy, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and more for a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Twitter Town Hall Tuesday, April 26th at 2 p.m. EST. Submit questions in advance using #TakeBackDay.
Candice joined the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Public Affairs team in June 2007 and today serves as the Assistant Director, Public Affairs and Managing Editor, Partnership News Service. She is focused on public relations, communications and social media strategies in support of many of the Partnership’s parenting resources and educational initiatives for families. Her primary responsibilities include editorial management, production and analysis of the Partnership News Service, the Partnership’s online news service that delivers the latest substance abuse and addiction news. Partnership News Service is distributed daily and weekly to nearly 50,000 subscribers via an eNewsletter and published online (57,000 Unique Average Visitors/per month) at www.drugfree.org/news-service/. Candice also manages the nonprofit’s social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram. She conducts ongoing media relations and press outreach, drafts press materials, web content, eNewsletters and other printed collateral and maintains the organization’s editorial calendar. She was named one of the 2010 "New York’s Top PR Public Relations Firms and People: The Most Influential and Connected" by Sparkah.com, and in April 2012, she presented “Social Marketing, Media and Stigma Reduction” at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness conference in Washington, D.C.