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King's Daughters receives $22K grant to fight opioid epidemic

King's Daughters receives $22K grant to fight opioid epidemic

King’s Daughters has received a $22,264 grant to be used toward fighting the opioid epidemic in Boyd County.

The grant comes from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s Generation Rx Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Education for Youth grant program.

King’s Daughters, in partnership with Ashland Independent, Boyd County and Fairview school districts, will provide medication safety education to fourth- and fifth-grade students. King’s Daughters also is collaborating Hillcrest-Bruce Mission and Ramey-Estep to provide medication-safe home education for parents and other caregivers.

“This grant will support our efforts to address medication safety and reduce misuse in the area,” said Elaine Corbitt, King’s Daughters executive director of Community Relations. “We believe targeting prevention is a step in the right direction,” she said.

King’s Daughters was among 40 organizations in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia to receive the prevention education grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation. The grants are designed to expand medication safety education for thousands of students in K-12 schools and universities, using Generation Rx educational materials.

Over the next year, King’s Daughters will engage students and parents in interactive prevention sessions and meet regularly with other grantees to share progress and best practices. The collaborative will be led by prevention education experts from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

"All of the organizations selected for funding share our goal of turning the tide on the opioid epidemic," said Jessie Cannon, Vice President of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. "Ultimately, we expect our grantees to learn from each other — and we will learn from them. As they develop best practices, our goal is to spread this work throughout the country, and foster solutions to this complex public health crisis.”

To learn more about King’s Daughters ongoing efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, please follow this link.

About Cardinal Health's Opioid Action Program
The Opioid Action Program is a multi-prong initiative to help communities in four of the nation’s hardest-hit states fight the opioid epidemic. Each element of the program is cited by leading experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, as critical to reducing opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction. The Opioid Action Program builds on Generation Rx, created through a partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to raise awareness and knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug misuse.

About the Cardinal Health Foundation
Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care efficiency, effectiveness and excellence and the overall wellness of the communities where Cardinal Health, Inc.'s approximately 50,000 employees live and work.

About Generation Rx
Generation Rx works to end prescription drug misuse through prevention education, drug take back, best practices in pain management and community collaborations. The program was created through a partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Since 2009, more than one million people across the country have been reached with Generation Rx messages, and pharmacists in 40 states have been honored with the Generation Rx Champions Award. To learn more, visit GenerationRx.org.

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