The group formed in the spring of 2006 to support the parents of a teenage girl struggling with prescription pain medication addiction. The group, using the Communities That Care model, drew in representatives from the schools, the medical field, law enforcement, and concerned community members, and has been working to educate youth, adults and seniors, as well as targeting specific groups such as policy makers, business leaders, realtors, civic groups and representatives of the medical, education, and law enforcement fields, about the dangers of prescription pain medication abuse.
Rx4Life operated as a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Southern Stevens County Health Care Association. The group had a board of five members that met quarterly and a volunteer group that met twice monthly. A part-time secretary was on the payroll, and when funds were available, the group maintained a contract for Director services.
The immediate service area included the Chewelah, Valley and Summit Valley School Districts in Stevens County, Washington. The group also established regional and state-level partnerships.
The group elected in 2014 to transfer their assets to a fund managed by the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) for the purpose of providing annual funding disbursements to the Valley and Chewelah School Districts for ongoing education about the dangers of prescription pain medication abuse. If you wish to learn more about INWCF or to donate to the Fund, click here. All donations are tax deductible and they make a difference in saving lives. Thank you.