The PACT Coalition is the answer to Southern Nevada’s need for an alliance of like-minded professional working symbiotically to meet the substance abuse prevention and advocacy needs of our community”
A coalition is created when the needs of a community transcend the capacity of the individual and collaboration effort is born. In 2010, a group of Las Vegas community members identified the need for a substance abuse coalition in Southern Nevada – and the PACT Coalition was created. PACT Coalition for Safe & Drug Free Communities is a 501(c)(3)
PACT Coalition Mission Statement
The PACT Coalition seeks to empower southern Nevada with the resources to prevent substance abuse for all ages and promote recovery through culturally competent advocacy, education, stigma reduction, support, and outreach. A diverse cross-section of community leadership is represented by the PACT Coalition that will work together to ensure a sustainable future and a healthier community.
PACT Coalition Vision Statement
The PACT Coalition envisions a community in which every layer of society is involved in the prevention of harm and the advocacy of education.
What is prescription drug abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. According to several national surveys, prescription medications, such as those used to treat pain, attention deficit disorders, and anxiety, are being abused at a rate second only to marijuana among illicit drug users. The consequences of this abuse have been steadily worsening, reflected in increased treatment admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths.
Prescription drug abuse, as defined in this report, is equivalent to the term "nonmedical use," used by many of the national surveys or data collection systems. **This definition does not correspond to the definition of abuse/dependence listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV)** Source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/
What are some of the commonly abused prescription drugs?
Although many medications can be abused, the following three classes are most commonly abused:
- Opioids—usually prescribed to treat pain;
- Central nervous system (CNS) depressants—used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders; and
- Stimulants—most often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Monthly Coalition Meeting
3rd Wednesday of the Month at: 11:30 am
3110 Polaris Ave, Suite 6
Las Vegas, NV 89102