Welcome to the Coalition Ideas Exchange!
CADCA’s National Coalition Institute is thrilled to offer this space in response to the many requests we get from coalition leaders, members and volunteers to provide more opportunities that foster ideas sharing and networking. What you see here is just the beginning of what will be a growing resource. We hope that you will continue to return to this page to gain new ideas from coalitions implementing innovative strategies and interventions in their communities.
What You'll See:
Each Coalition Idea includes a brief description with relevant tools and resources for a dynamic multimedia experience. The information comes directly from coalitions with the goal of providing you with real, actionable steps and recommendations for applying these ideas to your community work. Coalition contact information is also included for you to spark a conversation with others and build new relationships that strengthen all of our efforts to build safe and healthy communities.
This Week's Featured Coalition Idea:
Preventing Doctor Shopping and Pharmacy Hopping
Submitted by: The Weymouth Youth Coalition Substance Abuse Prevention Team
Topic Area(s): prescription drug abuse prevention, Prescription Monitoring Program, policy change, coalition-pharmacy collaborations
Summary: After experiencing growing rates of non-medical prescription drug use, hospitalization and overdose in Weymouth, MA, key informant interviews revealed that incidents of doctor shopping and pharmacy hopping significantly contributed to the problem. In response to the issue, the coalition led a collaborative effort to increase local pharmacists’ use of the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The program creates barriers for individuals looking to access large amounts of prescription medications for non-medical purposes. The Preventing Doctor Shopping and Pharmacy Hopping Campaign, led by the coalition, included educating and enrolling pharmacists in the PMP, as well as supporting statewide legislation to ensure proper prescription monitoring practices among Massachusetts physicians. Click Here to Read More.