Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (La SPF Rx)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $371,616/year for 5 years
  • Project Period: 09/01/2016 – 08/31/2021
  • Targeted Area: Jefferson Parish


The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) received the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (La SPF Rx) for the purpose of raising awareness about the dangers of sharing medication; to work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults; to raise community awareness; and to increase prescription drug abuse education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers and patients. The goals of the La SPF Rx project include:  

  • Prevent and reduce prescription drug and opioid misuse and abuse in the target population;
  • Raise awareness about prescription drugs and illicit opioid misuse and abuse; and
  • Develop a system to use existing data sources in program planning and evaluation in a proactive/preventive manner in the targeted parish. Note: The SPF Rx differs from previous and existing prevention grants because of its specific focus on illicit opioid misuse and abuse.  Jefferson ASAP (Action for Substance Abuse Prevention), a coalition identified by Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, will be the conduit for prescriber education and community awareness activities.

The La SPF Rx project is utilizing the existing SPF-based infrastructure as a basis to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse in the 12 – 17 year old and 18+ age groups. The target area is Jefferson Parish. Note: Jefferson Parish was identified as the pilot parish by reviewing data from the following sources: Opioid Death Records; Louisiana Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data (LaHIDD) – Opioid Hospitalizations; Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS) – Total Emergency Room Visits, Total Prescription Drug Related Emergency Room Visits, and Percentage of Emergency Room Visits Related to Prescription Drug Use; and the 2014 Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey – Percentage of Students who used Prescription Drugs and Heroin.


Contacts:  Leslie Freeman, Ph.D., Principal Investigator Leslie.BroughamFreeman@LA.GOV; Amber Slater, Program Coordinator


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