The Cardinal Health Foundation is inviting nonprofit groups in seven markets to apply for grant funding to support local efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.


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Cardinal offers nonprofits grants for Rx abuse prevention

March 2nd, 2011

DUBLIN, Ohio – The Cardinal Health Foundation is inviting nonprofit groups in seven markets to apply for grant funding to support local efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.

Cardinal Health Inc. said this week that registered 501(c)(3) organizations in Albuquerque, N.M.; central Ohio; El Paso, Texas; LaVergne, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; northern Chicago (Lake, McHenry and Kenosha counties); and Radcliff, Ky. are invited to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

A variety of nonprofit entities — including schools, community organizations, drug task forces or other service or civic groups — will be considered for the funding, according to Cardinal. The company said priority consideration will be given to programs that aim to increase awareness of the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription medications and that educate communities about the proper use and disposal of prescription drugs.

Through the GenerationRx initiative, the Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy have developed a kit to help health care providers, pharmacist, parents, teachers, youth group leaders and other concerned citizens educate teen and adult audiences about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Grant applicants are encouraged to incorporate the materials from the kit.

"Unintentional prescription drug poisoning has emerged as the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and at the same time many teens and adults perceive these medications to be safer and less addictive than 'illegal' narcotics," Jessica Lineberger, community relations manager for Cardinal Health, said in a statement. "This grant funding will empower grassroots initiatives to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse, so we can stop this deadly activity before it starts."

The deadline for the grant applications is March 25.

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