Spring Scholarship Awardees

Reflections from Prescription Drug Safety Network Blog Contest Winners

We’re excited to highlight the winners from Spring Scholarship Contest who wrote about prescription drug safety and the impact the course has had on their lives. The two winners will each receive a $1,000 529 College Savings Scholarship to help them pursue their goals! Congratulations Ashley and Nicole!

NicoleName: Nicole
School: Cleveland Early College at John Hay High School
Teacher: Mark Angelo
School Sponsor: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

My goal for the future is to become a doctor. As the doctor, I want to provide compassionate care to all of my patients and I want to be able to recognize if my patients are misusing prescription drugs. Addiction can become a serious problem that doesn’t just happen from illicit drugs, but can happen from prescription drugs too. The Prescription Drug Safety course has allowed me to learn the signs and symptoms of someone who is misusing prescription drugs. This will allow me to recognize signs that my patients are misusing prescription drugs.

The Prescription Drug Safety course has allowed me to learn the importance of not sharing prescription drugs. This will allow me to provide information to my patients and their families about safety precautions of using prescriptions drugs and not sharing them with others. The Prescription Drug Safety course has allowed me to learn how to properly read the labels on the containers. This will allow me to teach my patient’s how to read the warning signs and locate information on the container. Not only has the Prescription Drug Safety Course allowed me to learn how to help my patients in the future and become a better doctor, but it has helped me as a teen. It has taught me to never use other people’s prescription drugs because there are poor side effects. It has taught me how to notice if my friends are misusing prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Safety Course has allowed me and will allow to share important and life-saving information with others.

Name: Ashley
School: New Castle Career Center
Teacher: Angie Talbott
School Sponsor: Office of the Indiana Attorney General

The Prescription Drug Safety course has truly opened my eyes about the advantages of prescription drugs if used properly, as well as the consequences and negative effects of prescription drugs if misused. It never occurred to me that there were different types of drugs that have different kinds of effects, such as depressants and stimulants. I categorized all prescription drugs as good, helpful drugs but never thought of the high risk of addiction. From abusing drugs to increase dopamine and lead to intense feelings of happiness, to leading to withdrawal from the low levels of dopamine caused by the lack of drugs. It doesn’t take much to get addicted to prescription drugs, but it does take a lot to get away from that addiction.

This course really helped direct my attitude to believing the temporary feeling drugs give you is not worth the permanent damage it gives you. As well, the fact that drugs affect people in different ways didn’t stand out to me much. I never knew it could be so drastic. With learning this, I’ve completely changed my behavior around when discussing drugs with my friends and peers. After learning and actually seeing people be affected very differently from drugs, I have not condoned or encouraged anyone to do so because I actually know the consequences now and would not want to be responsible for someone having a bad outcome. I made a significant change in my attitude towards drugs and I’ve decided nothing is worth more than having a healthy developed brain, and nothing is worth risking the chance of having that. With this new decision in my life and change of attitude, I’ve developed a desire to push this kind of attitude towards my friends so none of them misuse drugs but I never knew a way to do so without ruining our friendship. This was until I took this Prescription Drug Safety Course. Then I learned that it is okay to privately talk with my friends and show them my concern with their well-being. I offered my support to them and demonstrated that I was always there to talk to them and get help if needed. The most significant way this course impacted my life was by teaching me it is 100% okay to wonder, but you must learn every fact about a drug and seek professional help before deciding to use. Nothing is more important than good health, and abusing drugs contradicts and affects that.