Counselors and School Nurses FAQ

Based on a student’s behavior at school, it’s not possible to determine if the student has a problem with a prescription drug, an illegal “street” drug, or is experiencing some medical issue – the signs and symptoms can be much the same.

When a student demonstrates unusual behavior, including agitation, drowsiness, unsteadiness, incoherence, or impairment, it is best to err on the side of caution and treat it as a medical incident: Contact emergency services and notify parents immediately.