A Comprehensive Diversion-Prevention Program
Yes, you need a program to specifically address prescription drugs.
When it comes to protecting your students – and your school – from the potential hazards of prescription drug abuse, the first step is to define policies and procedures to address the unique nature of the prescription drug abuse problem.
This can be especially important if you have already had an incident at your school involving prescription drugs, which could create liability for your school.
Developing a program with specific policies on prescription drugs reassures parents and staff that you’re prepared to prevent and address prescription drug abuse in your school.
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School administrator discusses how a step by step process in place for dealing with prescription drugs protects the school and the student.
THE GOALS OF AN EFFECTIVE POLICY
- Create more awareness of the issue among staff, parents, and students.
- Set out clear procedures and rules about carrying, sharing, or taking prescription medications for
legitimate reasons at school with a medication management plan (MMP).
- Create a disciplinary policy with clear rules to prevent prescription drug abuse in schools and related consequences for not following those rules.
- Define penalties and procedures for violations of those rules.
- Incorporate a way to periodically review and assess the policy.