EVERFI Launches First-of-its-Kind Prescription Drug Safety Network and New Digital Course with Students in Columbus
U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Advocates, Support National Network Committed to Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse Through Prevention Education
Columbus, OH – October 26, 2017 – EVERFI, Inc., the nation’s leading prevention education innovator used in 1 in 7 schools nationwide, today announced the launch of the Prescription Drug Safety Network, a national coalition of partners committed to using proven and innovative prevention education to empower Americans with the skills to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drug use for themselves, their families, and their communities.
EVERFI traveled to Linden McKinley STEM Academy in Columbus, Ohio and met with students currently taking EVERFI’s new prescription drug abuse course launched this fall.
“Ohio is facing the worst public health crisis in our lifetime, leading the nation in opioid overdose deaths. In 2016, 4,050 Ohioans lost their lives to overdoses,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “That’s why I’ve advocated for annual, age appropriate drug prevention education, every year in grades Kindergarten through Twelfth grade.”
“Prescription drug abuse has dealt a devastating blow to communities across the country, yet there are few programs aimed at positively preventing the abuse before it occurs, and even fewer aimed at empowering youth with the knowledge they need to stay safe,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. “Through the Prescription Drug Safety Network we are bringing together industry leaders, state officials, policy, and community organizations committed to combatting this scourge by investing in prevention education. It is something we can all agree upon.”
The Prescription Drug Safety Network launch was also lauded by U.S. Senator Rob Portman (D-OH) , who sent a video greeting commending the students for participating in the new course supported by the Network.
EVERFI’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention course released this fall.
About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas with more than 4,300 partners in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. EVERFI is an industry convener that builds Networks to tackle the toughest social issues, including the Campus Prevention Network, a coalition of higher education institutions committed to campus sexual assault and alcohol abuse prevention; and the Financial Capability Network, a coalition of industry leaders dedicated to improving financial outcomes for communities across the country. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, and The Rise Fund.
Learn more about The Prescription Drug Safety Network here.
Senior Director of Corporate Communications