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Preventing prescription drug misuse during COVID-19

Important PSA from Joe Davis of the FL Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs about preventing prescription drug misuse during COVID-19. Because so many of us are at home, it's even more important to safely store, use, and dispose of prescription medications around the house.



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Dose of Reality

It is important to get your "Dose of Reality" about the risks and dangers of using prescription painkillers, as well as the signs of misuse, before it becomes a problem for you or your loved ones. The 21-member Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse, chaired by Attorney General Ashley Moody, was created by Executive Order 19-97 in 2019, in the wake of the Opioid Epidemic, knowing that a coordinated and comprehensive statewide drug control and substance abuse prevention strategy is imperative for education, prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement efforts.



Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body (Scholastic, Inc.)



Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse



National Institute for Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health)

Based upon national data provided by the National Institute of Drug Addiction, (NIDA) and the most recent Center for Disease Control, (CDC) regarding prescription opioid abuse and heroin abuse, prevention education is vital to all students in primary and secondary schools.



Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade

Grades kindergarten through third, instruction should include “differences among foods, poisons, medicines and drugs; personal responsibility for ones actions;” and rules regarding who provides, distributes, accesses and monitors medication in the home and community and Grades fourth through fifth, instruction should include, safe and unsafe behavior when around peers and family that are using medication, “how to identify different drugs; the effects of drugs”; and why some drugs and medications are extremely dangerous if ingested or taken without a physician’s permission.



Helpful Resources for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade



Sixth through Eighth Grade

Grade sixth to eighth grade, instruction should include the definitions of addiction, abuse and misuse; how family, peer, media and community influences substance abuse.



Helpful Resources for Sixth to Eighth Grade Relating to Addiction and Abuse

In the sixth to eighth grade, instruction should directly focus on painkillers, including opioids, a narcotic of choice for teens rather than emphasizing a more generalized anti-drug approach – focus on the science of addiction. Additionally, instruction on how recreational use of prescription pain relievers can lead to heroin use/abuse and addiction –with emphasis on the potential progression of addiction that could lead to heroin addiction and potentially death as well as an increased likelihood of infectious diseases such as Human Immune Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, (HIV/AIDS), Hepatitis C and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA.)



Helpful Resources for Sixth to Eighth Grade Relating to Heroin and Painkiller Addiction



Ninth through Twelfth Grade

Grade nine to twelve, instruction should include a review of addiction, proper handling of medication and ingestion by prescription only. The link between a simple medical procedure – like getting wisdom teeth pulled or having a sports related injury – and the potential for addiction to occur if abused and not taken properly, (i.e. following doctor’s orders). Instruction should also include the importance of family medical history, including the disease of addiction and the how to discuss concerns with a trusted adult.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/



Tips for Teens:

In grade nine to twelve, health instruction should include how to recognize symptoms of a drug overdose, emphasizing the importance of quickly seeking medical attention for a person who has overdosed. Additionally, health instruction should also address how students can help a friend or family member who may be addicted to prescription pain medicines and/or heroin.



Helpful Resources for Ninth Through Twelfth Grade Relating to Recognizing Drug Overdose Symptoms

In grade nine to twelve, health instruction should provide access information to the Florida Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the free program to encourage young people, parents, care-givers and teachers, clergy people and coaches to Start Talking about prescription drug abuse and other drug addictions.



Other Approaches to Engaging Youth

Bring in a speaker who can lead a presentation on an age-appropriate topic relating to substance abuse and/or positive youth development, such as:

  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency response personnel (firefighters, paramedics)
  • Healthcare professional
  • Social service/non-profit community leader
  • Local elected official
  • Other members of your community’s local anti-drug and/or anti-opioid taskforce


Activity ideas:

  • Engaging youth in creative expression (such as an essay, poetry, song, skit, video and/or poster contest)
  • Challenge youth to create a social media campaign
  • Create a service-learning project dedicated to studying and taking action relating to substance abuse
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