Middle school students are invited to participate in the fourth annual “Be Smart About Medicine” Creative
Expression Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc.

Prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse has become an increasingly serious problem
among our youth, including middle school children. One in five teens has reported using prescription pain
relievers to get high and one in ten has abused over-the-counter cough medicines. Our goal is to promote
awareness about this problem to middle school students and encourage them to “Be Smart” about prescription
and over-the-counter drugs.

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you will find the contest rules and entry form for all participants. Students’ work may be a poster or
written piece, such as an essay or poem. The work must focus on the theme of the use and abuse of prescription
and over-the-counter drugs and must include the phrase “Be Smart About Medicine." Also enclosed is a fact
sheet to help your students with information. NCADD can provide other material at your request.

Every participating student will receive a certificate. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place
winners in each grade (6-8). Student finalists and their families will be invited to a recognition dinner in
January 2014, where winners will be announced and their work will be displayed.

To participate, please complete and return the enclosed participation form.

If you have any questions, call NCADD at (732) 254-3344.