Combatting a Critical Public Health Issue

With one in five high school seniors reporting that they have misused prescription drugs, reaching students early is now more important than ever. How can we support at risk students, but also engage the majority of students who don’t misuse?

Created by leading subject matter experts, Prescription Drug Safety is an evidence-informed digital resource that prepares high school students to make healthy, informed decisions about prescription medications. Since the resource’s launch last year, more than 90,000 students across North America have participated.

Thanks to a national coalition of healthcare organizations, foundations, and state leaders, teachers and students have access to the Prescription Drug Safety resource free of charge. 

Prescription Drug Safety Topics:

  • Opioids, stimulants, and depressants
  • Proper prescription drug use, storage, and disposal
  • Brain and body: the science of addiction
  • Simulations: refusal and bystander skills
  • Debunking common myths

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  • Science of Addiction

    Learning Objectives:
    - Explain that anyone can become addicted to prescription drugs
    - Describe how drugs impact the brain and can lead to addiction problems
    - Define terms, such as “withdrawal” and “tolerance” and relationships to addiction
    - Describe how many addicts can manage their addictions and try to find recovery in a supportive environment

  • Understanding Prescriptions

    Learning Objectives:
    - Explain the importance of always following instructions precisely
    - Describe the factors that doctors consider when writing prescriptions
    - Read and understand prescription labels, including caution or risk statements
    - Store and dispose of unused drugs safely and appropriately

  • Refusal Skills

    Learning Objectives:
    - Articulate that most students do not misuse prescription drugs and would support a friend’s decision not to use drugs
    - Resist peer pressure and other influences to not take prescription drugs outside of a professionals advice
    - Describe the potential side effects of taking prescription drugs outside of a doctor’s prescription