Learn the early warning signs and how to approach these delicate situations.
Raise Awareness of the Risks
Teachers and the community around our teens spend a good deal of time observing trends, changes, and culture. They are uniquely able to watch for warning signs and intervene when the situations arise that may need further attention.
1 KNOW THE FACTS
The more you know about prescription drug abuse, the better able you will be to educate the students at your school.
2 NOTICE CHANGES IN YOUR STUDENTS
Because you spend so much time every day with your students, you are in a good position to notice if the teens in your class or at your school are showing any physical or behavioral changes that might indicate prescription drug abuse.
If you observe any significant changes in a student – talk to the principal, school nurse or guidance counselor about appropriate next steps. The sooner you address the problem, the more quickly the teen can get the necessary treatment.
(Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse :: link)
Help your students understand the risks and consequences of prescription drug abuse by incorporating the following videos and lesson plans into your curriculum.
Developed by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in partnership with the National Association of School Nurses and PriCara®, the following videos raise awareness of the risks and consequences of teen prescription drug abuse. MacNeil/Lehrer has also developed accompanying lesson plans.
DrugAbuse.gov has extensive resources for educators and community leaders.
Click below to get lesson plans, activities and drug abuse facts.
Where can I send a abusing student?