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Generation Rx University

Resources for College Students

The Generation Rx University resources were created by college students, for college students, to help prevent prescription drug misuse on college campuses. These materials are designed for use in courses, student orientation, residence halls, Greek life, recreational sports, student organizations, or any other venue where college students live and learn.

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Getting Started

This section provides facilitators with a comprehensive guide that contains information to successfully present all of the university resources.

Facilitator's Guide

This comprehensive facilitator guide contains information to successfully present the Generation Rx University resources, including a Getting Started guide, Activity Snapshots, and a Q&A session guide.

Introductory Letter

A letter designed to assist facilitators in introducing the purpose of your educational program and the importance of presenting this information.

Generation Rx University Handout

This handout summarizes our key messages for program participants – disseminate at the end of an in-person program or share it through digital platforms.

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In-person Programming

These activities are designed for use in courses, student orientation, residence halls, recreational sports, student organizations, or any other venue where college students live and learn.  Each activity listed is designed to serve as a stand-alone resource.  Along with each activity, we’ve included specific talking points for facilitators. Before implementing any activity, we encourage you to review the “Getting Started” resources listed in Section 1.

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Virtual Programming

Out of the four activities available for live programming, we’ve adapted all four activities for virtual use – the online adaptations are embedded within both the activity and facilitator talking points.  All adaptations reflect delivery of a synchronous session using a videoconferencing platform for small group sizes (under 30 participants) – if small groups and/or a videoconferencing platform is not an option, email info@generationrx.org and we would be happy to discuss adaptations that best fit your needs.

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Activities for Fraternity & Sorority Life

This presentation is a discussion-based activity specifically designed for engaging students in fraternity and sorority life.  It utilizes the videos listed below to provide an overview of Generation Rx University messages.   As such, discussions will focus on specific issues relating to opioid and stimulant medications, as well as some key general guidelines for safe medication-taking practices.  Facilitators can deliver this presentation through either an in-person or virtual program – the accompanying facilitator guide makes recommendations for both delivery modalities.  Please select the delivery modality that best fits your needs and follow the suggestions for maximizing participant engagement.

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Videos

These videos are for use with the activities listed in the sections above, or for use as a stand-alone resource – consider sharing them with college students through digital platforms, like email or social media.

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Visual Aids

We encourage you to print these resources and post them in high-traffic areas on campus. In total, there are eight visual aid posters. Please feel free to mix and match posters that support your desired message. We’ve included additional suggestions below for maximizing their use.

  • Collection 1: Safe Medication Practices Visual Aids

    These four posters feature safe medication practices. As such, we encourage facilitators to hang these four posters together as a single collection. Consider adding the personalized visual aid, or complementing them with a poster from Collection 2.

  • Collection 2: Stand-alone Visual Aids

    These three posters overview medication misuse, the misuse of prescription stimulants, and the misuse of prescription opioids, respectively. As such, these posters can be hung as stand-alone resources, or combined with any visual aid from the other collections.

  • Collection 3: Personalized Visual Aid for Getting Help

    This is an editable poster that identifies resources for getting help. We encourage you to personalize this poster with campus-specific resources for students to find help (e.g., campus wellness centers, academic advisors, etc.), and utilize it as needed.

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Other Resources

“The Party” InterACT Video
Ohio State’s INTERACT drama troupe invites high school students to direct actors who portray college kids contemplating the use of prescription drugs at a party. This innovative project was organized by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Generation Rx. Participants: Interact’s Robin Post and Nicole Kwiek, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
The Higher Education Center provides resources, training, and technical assistance for colleges and universities wishing to enhance their alcohol and other drug misuse prevention efforts or collegiate recovery communities.

Taking Action to Prevent & Address Prescription Drug Abuse: A Resource Kit for America’s College Campuses
The downloadable handouts in this resource kit are provided by the National Council on Patient Information and Education and designed to equip peer educators and campus leaders (residence assistants, peer health educators,campus leaders in student government, Greek life or campus clubs, and captains of athletic teams among others) with timely and practical informational resources and programming ideas to educate college students about prescription drug misuse prevention and treatment, and also to help build skills so that students can take action against it.

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