Prescription Drug Awareness Week Begins on Tuesday, April 22!

Please come out and join CADEC Peer Educators for Prescription Drug Awareness Week Events & Activities


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic.  20,000 people die each year in the U.S. from prescription drug overdoses and 100 people die every day from drug overdoses.  Drug overdoses have now surpassed car crashes as a cause of death in the United States and abuse of prescription drugs is the primary cause.


Please join CADEC in helping to raise awareness of this critical public health epidemic by participating in activities planned by CADEC’s team of student Peer Educators for Prescription Drug Awareness Week from Tuesday, April 22 – Saturday, April 26, 2014.  The week culminates on Saturday, April 26 which is National Drug Take-Back Day when we encourage you, CSU Chico students, faculty and staff, to drop off your unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at Chico’s official NO QUESTIONS ASKED, DRIVE THROUGH Drop Off Site at Enloe Medical Center – very close to our campus.  Over 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs report getting them from a friend or relative – so disposing of your unused drugs is vital as is safe, environmentally friendly disposal.  You could also be saving a life.


Schedule for the Week of Activities – All Events are FREE and Open to EVERYONE


Tuesday, April 22 – Thursday, April 24 - CADEC Outreach - in the Gauntlet and Trinity Commons – Please stop by our booth to learn about Prescription Drug Abuse, its impact and approaches to successful recovery


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Prescription Drug Overdose display on the Rose Garden Lawn – 55 people die every day from prescription drug overdoses.  Don’t sit in silence.  Come read some of their stories, learn about this epidemic and how you can help.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 6:00 PM - “Reel Life: Let’s Talk About Pills” in Old Common Grounds (BMU basement) – We’ll be viewing MTV’s “True Life: I’m Addicted to Pills” and participating in a panel discussion with students who have experienced alcohol/drug abuse and experts in the field.


Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 5:00 PM “The Red Watch Band Ceremony” in UHUB – More than 300 students (just so far this semester) and campus community members will be honored for making the commitment to a safer Chico by joining the Red Watch Team and becoming Red Watch Band Certified!!  They will receive their Red Watches and Certificates!  Please come and help us honor them!


Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 7:30 PM“The Wildcat Word” - Open Mic Night and Dance Floor in UHUB – An evening of Wildcat talent and Free pizza to raise awareness of this critical public health crisis.  Please join us!


Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM“National Drug Take Back Day” at Enloe Medical Center – NO QUESTIONS ASKED DRIVE THROUGH – Please return your unused prescription and over-the counter medications!


Please contact Campus Alcohol & Drug Education Center for more information at 530.898.6450 or  or