the health & safety of your students
Those most at risk for prescription addiction are young people ages 12 through 25.
Signs that one of your students may be abusing medication include the following:
- A decline in school performance or attendance
- Consistent lateness to class
- A new group of friends or sudden isolation
- Intermittent nodding off
To combat this, remember the following:
- Understand that stress over academics, trouble with friends, and depression are all risk factors for painkiller abuse.
- Talk with students and parents on a consistent basis about the dangers of prescription painkillers including opioids.
- Encourage parents and students alike to request non-opioid painkiller alternatives if they are receiving medical care.
- Review school policies on drug use and encourage administrators to consider updating them to include restrictions on abuse of opioid painkillers.
- Let students know you will stand by them for support if they need it.