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“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Kahlil Gibran
Lebanese Poet and Novelist


THE ESSENTIAL MISSION

Essential Patch is all about doing good, and although we enjoy supporting organizations through monetary and product donations, what we love most is being on the front lines and getting our hands dirty. Each year we will journey to visit with select partner organizations to learn first hand about their causes, volunteering our time, and making a substantial donation to an important project with track-able results.

With your help Essential Patch allocates a percentage of each product sold toward this large donation. In addition to the monetary donation, we will create short documentary style video clips highlighting the issue being addressed, with interviews from the experts as well as tales of our employees adventures every step of the way.

Through customer support of the Essential mission we hope to generate additional awareness for these worthy causes, provide much needed on the ground support, and do our little part to inspire a worldwide movement of giving and volunteerism.

The First Essential Mission: The Medicine Abuse Project

For our first Essential Mission, we’re allocating a percentage of each Essential Patch product sold towards The Medicine Abuse Project. Once we hit our $1000 goal we’ll donate it to this multi-year campaign which aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine within the next 5 years. Thanks for joining Essential Patch by showing your support of The Medicine Abuse Project.

Take the pledge at http://medicineabuseproject.org

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING NOW?


Used as prescribed or directed, medicines improve our lives. When misused and abused, the opposite is true, and the consequences of this behavior are devastating, particularly among teens.

Our society has become very familiar — and comfortable — with the common use of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines. As new medicines for alleviating symptoms come to market, they are heavily promoted with their images advertised in newspapers, magazines, on television and the internet, raising our understanding of the conditions they treat. As a result, teens have grown up associating medicine with solving problems — and have a heightened awareness of Rx and OTC medicines.

Teens also have easy access to medicine. Two-thirds (65 percent) of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances.

While some teens abuse medicine to party and get high, many are using medicine to manage stress or regulate their lives. Some are abusing prescription stimulants to provide additional energy and increase their ability to focus when they’re studying or taking tests. Many teens are abusing pain relievers, tranquilizers and over-the-counter cough medicine to cope with academic, social or emotional stress.

Teens don’t see this behavior as risky. They see their parents taking medicine – and they believe that since medicine is created and tested in a scientific environment it is therefore safer to use than street drugs.

But there are real dangers to medicine abuse. Teens who abuse prescription medicines can experience dramatic increases in blood pressure and heart rate, organ damage, difficulty breathing, seizures, addiction and even death. Teens who abuse over-the-counter cough medicine can experience rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, diarrhea, seizures, panic, drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, impaired physical coordination, coma and overdose. vi

Research conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org shows that parents are not communicating the risks of prescription medicine abuse to their children as often as they talk about street drugs. vii This is partly because some parents are unaware of the behavior (which wasn’t as prevalent when they were teenagers), and partly because those who are aware of teen medicine abuse tend to underestimate the risks, just as teens do.

Together, parents and grandparents, health care providers, community leaders and educators can all make a difference and end medicine abuse. Find out what you can do.