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Addressing the epidemic of teen medicine abuse is a responsibility that falls upon entire communities, including those who work in our schools. Educators spend a great deal of time directly interacting with kids, and are in a unique position to help recognize, respond to and address this health crisis that affects thousands of families across the country.
This January, educators can join The Medicine Abuse Project and help in prevent 500,000 teens from abusing medicine abuse within the next five years. We have hand-picked resources tailored specifically for teachers, school nurses, administrators and others who work within the school community on our website, MedicineAbuseProject.org.
A few of our these resources and tools include:
• “Rx for Understanding,” a new curriculum developed by the NEA Health Information Network designed to help educate students in grades 5-8 on topics such as the differences between proper use, misuse and abuse of prescription medicine and tips for a healthy lifestyle
• “Smart Moves, Smart Choices,” a national awareness program to inform parents, students and educators about teen prescription drug abuse and its serious risks
• “Home to Homeroom,” a guide for school nurses that helps them team up with parents to prevent prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse
Taking preventative measures in our classrooms is crucial. We encourage you to share The Medicine Abuse Project and these school-based resources with the educators in your life. Join us this month to inform students about the dangers of medicine abuse and help curb this devastating behavior.