Program FAQ

While your existing drug and alcohol prevention policies and programs may work well, they may not adequately address prescription drug abuse. After all, prescription drug abuse is different because:

  • Prescription medications are entirely legal and socially acceptable.
  • There are legitimate and highly beneficial uses for prescription medications. You likely have many students who benefit greatly from medications every day – for everything from asthma and allergies, post-surgical pain, and ADHD, to mental health issues.
  • Only a relatively few prescription drugs are misused and abused.
  • Prescription drugs generally don’t arrive in school through underground criminal networks. It’s mostly casual, via family and friends.
  • Parents may contribute to the problem through their own lack of understanding about and control over prescription drugs in the home.

That’s why the prescription drug problem calls for a specific program with coordinated policies.