Handling a Prescription Drug Incident

Prescription drug incidents may vary in severity and type. Examples include:

  • The school counselor identifies a student with a legitimate prescription who carries her medication in school but does not have proper authorization to do so under the school’s medication management plan [less severe].
  • The school nurse suspects a student who does not have a legitimate prescription on file may be under the influence of a prescription drug.
  • A teacher discovers a student giving prescription drugs to another student [most severe].

This Crisis Management Plan provides step-by-step guidance to handle a prescription drug incident in your school.

This video describes the immediate steps a school should take following a prescription drug incident.