Prescription Drugs and Your School
How should your school best address the issue of prescription drug abuse? What policies and practices can help protect your students — and your school — from this growing problem?
It’s a critical question for more and more administrators — especially if you have recently experienced and incident involving prescription drugs at your school.
Perhaps you or someone at your school discovered a student sharing his prescription medication with another student or noticed a student taking pills during lunch. Worse yet, maybe there was a medical emergency involving prescription drugs at your school.
Your school may already have policies that touch on prescription drug abuse right now – such as medication management plans and disciplinary policies.
But the fact is, effectively addressing prescription drug abuse in the school requires well-conceived programs designed specifically around the unique issues of this problem.
The key is creating programs that make unauthorized prescription drugs much less accessible to your students.
Here are some resources you can use to teach other school professionals about prescription drug abuse: