Media Resources

MedicineSafe is a coalition of local community organizations, the state governments of Connecticut and North Carolina, and national partners, invested in providing safe tools and information about prescription drugs.

The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the Partnership) are partnering with the states of Connecticut and North Carolina as well as national and state organizations to provide resources to help families find safe ways to manage prescription medicines - whether buying, storing or addressing addiction. We also educate consumers about the dangers of illegitimate online pharmacies and help provide safe, cost-effective solutions to buying prescription drugs.

Click on a button below to be taken to resources from the MedicineSafe campaign, from CSIP's and the Partnership's overall opioid awareness effort, and from CSIP's Verify Before You Buy campaign.

Media Contact

For more information about Medicine Safe or to schedule an interview with our national spokespeople, please contact Caren Kagan Evans at ECI Communications by email or by phone at (301) 998-6114. After 5:30 P.M. ET, please call (301) 467-6337.

MedicineSafe Resources

Official announcements and state-specific resources which can be downloaded, printed and shared, which provide information about MedicineSafe.org, its purpose and the coalition partners.

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MedicineSafe One-Pager – Connecticut

An easy-print one-pager about MedicineSafe to help answer any questions about the campaign and the coalition.

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MedicineSafe One-Pager – Connecticut (Professional Print)

A professional-print ready one-pager about MedicineSafe to help answer any questions about the campaign and the coalition.

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MedicineSafe One-Pager – North Carolina

An easy-print one-pager about MedicineSafe to help answer any questions about the campaign and the coalition.

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MedicineSafe One-Pager – North Carolina (Professional Print)

A professional print-ready one-pager about MedicineSafe to help answer any questions about the campaign and the coalition.

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MedicineSafe Poster – Connecticut

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MedicineSafe Poster – North Carolina

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MedicineSafe Push Card – Connecticut

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MedicineSafe Push Card – Connecticut (Professional Print)

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MedicineSafe Push Card – North Carolina

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MedicineSafe Push Card – North Carolina (Professional Print)

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MedicineSafe Social Media Sample Sheet – Connecticut

Example Facebook and Twitter posts for sharing about MedicineSafe as your organization or on a personal account.

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MedicineSafe Social Media Sample Sheet – North Carolina

Example Facebook and Twitter posts for sharing about MedicineSafe as your organization or on a personal account.

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Press Release: A New National Coalition to Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic

The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announce the MedicineSafe coalition and MedicineSafe.org.

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Press Release: A New National Coalition to Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic (Multimedia Version)

The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announce the MedicineSafe coalition and MedicineSafe.org.

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Media Coverage

Below are recent articles and stories which have appeared in state and national media about the MedicineSafe Campaign or which feature members of the MedicineSafe coalition.

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Cover2Resources Podcast Highlights CSIP and MedicineSafe in Interview with CSIP Executive Director

Recently CSIP Executive Director, Marjorie Clifton, was interviewed by Greg McNeil of Cover2Resources on the topic of online sales of counterfeit medicines. Greg started Cover2Resources after losing his son to a heroin overdose in 2015. July 20, 2018.

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MedicineSafe Highlighted in Citizen Truth Interview with CSIP Executive Director

CSIP Executive Director Marjorie Clifton was interviewed by Citizen Truth in an effort to explore how CSIP works with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the Partnership) to provide local communities with tools to ensure the safe use of online pharmacies. July 12, 2018.

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Opioid Epidemic Resources and MedicineSafe Highlighted on New York’s NASH FM

President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (the Partnership), Fred Muench, PhD, was interviewed on NASH Cares with host Tiffany Marie. He spoke about the help line, tools, and resources available through the Partnership for parents and caregivers whose children are struggling with addiction. July 8, 2018.

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Connecticut Joins Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse

Recent media coverage by the CT News Junkie highlighted MedicineSafe, a joint effort of CSIP and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Connecticut is the second state to join the initiative; North Carolina was the first. July 5, 2018.

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Opioids From the Internet: Almost All Online Pharmacies are Illegal

A recent article in Newsweek highlighted CSIP’s new report and its range of resources to help consumers verify the safety of online pharmacies before making purchases, find ways to save money safely when shopping for medications, and help families access opioid prevention and addiction management tools. July 1, 2018.

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CSIP Participates in FDA Opioid Summit

The FDA Opioid Summit brought together internet stakeholders, government agencies, and academic researchers to discuss ways to combat illegal online sales of opioids. June 27, 2018.

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MedicineSafe Campaign Highlighted on ‘Overnight America’

Ryan Wrecker, host of the ‘Overnight America’ show broadcast on KMOX News Radio 1120 from St. Louis, Mo. recently interviewed Courtney Hunter of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, discussing the opioid crisis’ impact on Missouri and the U.S., and highlighting the resources available through the MedicineSafe campaign. June 14, 2018

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U.S. Opioid Crisis Highlighted on ‘The Chad Benson Show’

An interview with Courtney Hunter from The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, about the current state of the opioid crisis in the United States, particularly as it is impacting children and young adults. The Chad Benson Show. June 7, 2018.

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Boston Medical Center Establishes a Lifeline for Parents of Addicted Teens, Adults

A recent news article in the Boston Globe highlighted the work of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Boston Medical Center in providing coaching and resources to parents and caregivers of adolescents struggling with drug addiction. June 6, 2018.

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From Tough Love to Empathy: Coaching for Parents with Opioid-Addicted Children

A recent news story from WBUR highlighted coaching programs for parents who have children struggling with opioid addiction – including the collaboration between the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. June 6, 2018.

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Online Pharmacies and Opioids: Education is the Defense

A recent article in Pharmaceutical Commerce highlighted the work of CSIP in consumer education on the potential dangers of buying drugs online. Consumer education is central to the mission of CSIP. A recent article in Pharmaceutical Commerce highlighted the work of CSIP in consumer education on the potential dangers of buying drugs online. Consumer education is central to the mission of CSIP. June 5, 2018.

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Connecticut Joins Online Campaign To Combat Opioid Crisis

Connecticut is one of the first states to join a new effort to combat the opioid crisis. MedicineSafe aims to coordinate the efforts. By Harriet Jones, WNPR. May 24, 2018.

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CSIP, Partnership & Related Resources

In addition to the items below, CSIP and the Partnership provide an array of others media resources on the CSIP Opioid Awareness page and via the CSIP news and blog page. Reports & studies are also frequently updated. We also encourage you to view the videos on the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  YouTube channel.

Biography: Fred Muench, Ph.D., President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Fred Muench is a leader in leveraging digital platforms to help ensure that families who are dealing with substance use disorders have better outcomes.

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Biography: Marcia Lee Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Marcia Lee Taylor is the Chief Policy Officer at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and leads the Partnership’s Medicine Abuse Project.

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Biography: Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director, Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies

Marjorie Clifton has been helping develop international awareness and policies around illegitimate medicines since 2011.

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Fact Sheet: Opioid Addiction and Older Adults

Be aware of how to observe older persons for the possibility of opioid misuse. This fact sheet with information from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse can help raise awareness.

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Fact Sheet: Opioids – What They Are and How They Work

Learn more about these medications, how they can help, and how they can be abused in this resource from Shatterproof.

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Fact Sheet: Over-the-Counter Medicine

Learn about the proper uses and misuses of Over-the-Counter medicines with this fact sheet from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Fact Sheet: Preventing Teen Prescription Medicine Abuse

A helpful one-page fact sheet from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Medicine Safe Project.

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Guide: Ending the Opioid Crisis: A Practical Guide for State Policymakers

This resource from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Use provides key recommendations for a public health approach to managing the opioid epidemic.

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How To Navigate the Addiction Treatment System

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. No matter your situation, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids can help.

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Infographic: Opioid Addiction By the Numbers

Every day, more than 110 Americans are dying from opioid-related overdoses and 11.5 million people misused opioids in 2016. This infographic from the Department of Health & Human Services provides additional details on the extent of the crisis.

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Infographic: Safely Disposing of Unused Opioids

Unused medicines are a main source for misuse and overdose. Learn how to dispose of medicines properly in this resource from Allied Against Opioid Abuse.

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Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The following scripts from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Medicine Safe Project will help you start this important conversation with your child.

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Podcasts: eHealth Radio Network

eHealth Radio Network is running a series of podcasts discussing aspects of the MedicineSafe campaign and coalition.

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Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know

These medications can be an important part of treatment but also come with serious risks. View this resource from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Hospital Association for more information.

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Preventing Teen Over-The-Counter Cough Medicine Abuse: A Parent’s Guide

A guide from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids with answers to many questions about cough medicine abuse and tips for prevention.

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Report: The State of Opioid Sales on the Dark Web

Prepared in June 2018 by LegitScript for the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies, this report identifies and describes the new haven for illegal online pharmacies and drug dealers: the “dark web.” These developments are reviewed and key vulnerabilities noted.

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Understanding the Opioid Overdose Crisis in the United States

The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides this helpful information about historical and current trends and root causes of the opioid overdose crisis.

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Verify Before You Buy

VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org provides an important free tool from the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP), enabling those shopping for prescriptions online to ensure that the websites from which they purchase these medicines are legitimate or fraudulent. The North Carolina Secretary of State has partnered with CSIP in this endeavor and the materials below are specific to North Carolina.

The resources are provided as zip files to allow for easy sharing of sets of files that can be used digitally or printed at high resolution for distribution.

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Verify Before You Buy Sample Social Media Posts

Example Facebook and Twitter posts for sharing about VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org as your organization or on a personal account.

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy One Pager – Connecticut

An easy-print one pager about VerifyBeforeYouBuy.org to help answer any questions about the free program and services.

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy One Pager – Connecticut (Professional Print)

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy One Pager – North Carolina

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy Poster – Connecticut

A professional print-ready poster to hang in public locations for awareness and information sharing. Suggested print size is 18″ w x 24″ h.

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy Poster – North Carolina

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy Push Card – Connecticut

An eays-print push card to display in public locations for awareness and information sharing. Suggested print specifications are 3.5″ w x 8.5″ h.

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy Push Card – Connecticut (Professional Print)

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VerifyBeforeYouBuy Push Card – North Carolina

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