American Academy of Family Physicians
Julie K. Wood, MD Senior Vice President, Health of the Public and Interprofessional Activities
Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year – nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Because family physicians work to deliver the safest care possible and maximize the quality of life of their patients, the AAFP is committed to ensuring that medications prescribed by physicians are not inappropriately diverted. The AAFP recognizes that there is growing concern about inappropriate use of ADHD medications, and wants to educate physicians and the public about the importance of the issue.
The Bacchus Initiatives of NASPA
David Arnold Senior Director of BACCHUS Initiatives
The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA is a collegiate peer education initiative that supports the achievement of students’ academic and personal success by building skills in student leaders to address campus health and safety issues. The BACCHUS philosophy is that students can play a uniquely effective role – unmatched by professional educators – in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about, and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk health and safety issues. It is the mission of the organization to actively promote student and young adult-based campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors. Recognizing that the misuse of ADHD prescription stimulant medication is a concern for colleges and universities, the organization provides resources and training so peer educators can assist campus efforts to help prevent the misuse of ADHD prescription stimulant medication.
Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
April Gower-Getz Chief Operating Officer
CHADD is a partnership organization, which seeks to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD by providing education, advocacy and support. In addition to an informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep partners and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. These materials include Attention magazine, News From CHADD, a free electronically mailed current events newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals and parents.
CHADD is a success story, inspired by the desire of countless parents to see their children with ADHD succeed. From one parent support group in Florida, the organization grew dramatically to become the leading non-profit national organization for children and adults with ADHD.
The JED Foundation
John MacPhee Executive Director, CEO
Young adulthood is a time of growth, learning and exploration. A time to start building a life of one’s own, and to feel excitement about the future. Yet, for many of our nation’s teens and young adults, transitioning into adulthood can be a time of significant changes and intense challenges.
We see the effects in the headlines every day: a death from binge drinking, an overdose, a suicide. These tragedies are complex and their warning signs often subtle, but with the right support and safety nets, many lives can be saved.
That’s why JED exists. We are the leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring our country’s teens and young adults get the emotional support they need to navigate life’s challenges. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
Kevin Kruger President
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The organization serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918, NASPA is comprised of 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.
Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working in residence life, student activities, counseling, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.
NASPA is committed to ending the misuse of drugs and, in particular, ADHD medication. With increased focus on college completion, higher education administrators, families, college students, and physicians must collaborate to both support those with ADHD and reduce the number of students who misuse stimulants.
Gwen Fisher Senior Director, Corporate Communications
We at Shire care deeply about patients and are motivated by the company’s purpose of enabling them to lead better lives. We are specifically committed to delivering innovative therapies for rare diseases and specialty conditions, with a focus on neuroscience, gastrointestinal, lysosomal storage disorders, hereditary angioedema, hematology and ophthalmics. This might be a therapy to treat an extremely rare and life-threatening disease like Hunter syndrome or Fabry disease or a medicine for a specialist condition like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
As a socially responsible company, Shire is concerned about reports of misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medicines, and, as such, is committed to helping prevent these non-medical uses:
- We have invested in a variety of educational tools as well as support for patients, parents and health care professionals on the appropriate diagnosis of ADHD and proper use of our medicines.
- As a partner of CPAMM, we are collaborating on research, programs, tools and resources to help make a difference on this important issue.
Ultimately, we believe that when people who do not need ADHD medicines take them, they are diverting attention from a real psychiatric disorder that has a profound impact on patients’ lives. Similarly, the use of ADHD or other stimulant prescription medicines in a manner not prescribed and without being under a physician’s care is dangerous. We support the efforts of CPAMM to increase public awareness and help find ways to reduce the risks of prescription medicine abuse, misuse and diversion.
College students are rotated regularly as advisors to the Coalition. CPAMM nominates and approves the student advisors.