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Educators: This January, Help Educate Students About the Dangers of Rx Abuse

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Addressing the epidemic of teen medicine abuse is a responsibility that falls upon entire communities, including those who work in our schools. Educators spend a great deal of time directly interacting with kids, and are in a unique position to help recognize, respond to and address this health crisis that affects thousands of families across the country.

This January, educators can join The Medicine Abuse Project and help in prevent 500,000 teens from abusing medicine abuse within the next five years.  We have hand-picked resources tailored specifically for teachers, school nurses, administrators and others who work within the school community on our website, MedicineAbuseProject.org.

A few of our these resources and tools include:

• “Rx for Understanding,” a new curriculum developed by the NEA Health Information Network designed to help educate students in grades 5-8 on topics such as the differences between proper use, misuse and abuse of prescription medicine and tips for a healthy lifestyle

• “Smart Moves, Smart Choices,” a national awareness program to inform parents, students and educators about teen prescription drug abuse and its serious risks

• “Home to Homeroom,” a guide for school nurses that helps them team up with parents to prevent prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse

Taking preventative measures in our classrooms is crucial. We encourage you to share The Medicine Abuse Project and these school-based resources with the educators in your life.  Join us this month to inform students about the dangers of medicine abuse and  help curb this devastating behavior.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of tom s
    tom s / January 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I have been addicted to opiates for about 8 years, I have been clean since april 11th/2012.. I hit my bottom on march 24th, I fell asleep driving on the xpressway doing about 120, flipped a truck that didnt belong to me 3 times end over end, i walked away from the accident with a concussion. about 5 hours later when i left the hospital against their advice i overdosed, and it really sucks it had to come to me almost killing myself, my bestfriend at the time and also a off duty cop coming in the opposite direction on the xpressway, if you are reading this and you think shit like “I will never overdose”,, bla bla i always said the same thing until it happened to me and it was by far the scariest thing i have ever went through. waking up in the hospital with a cathetor in and not really knowing what happened or what was really going on,but in the end, im glad that these things happened to me, im glad no one was injured, and i have never felt better! quitting drugs is a very hard thing to do, but it is possible. if i can do it, so can you!.. its a long process but in the end finding a better way to live is what has to be done, detox, treatment, recovery,…… Good Luck!

  2. Avatar of D L
    D L / January 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Bless You!

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