The prescription drug abuse epidemic doesn’t only affect adults. As the school year ramps up, we also recognize that teens misuse, abuse and become addicted to medications. In fact, after marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances among young people aged 14 and older in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
High schools are often home to students’ prescription drugs. While most are lawfully prescribed – acquired from a pharmacy and taken as instructed for the condition they’re intended to treat – unfortunately, some are shared or sold, misused or abused, within the school’s walls and beyond. Students who are prescribed medications often have to take them during the school day, but once they’ve finished the regimen, may forget to take their unneeded medications home. This can lead to prescription drugs in school hallways, locker rooms and the wrong hands.
This is where the Deterra System comes in: having Deterra pouches available in nurses’ offices, main school offices or with schools’ law enforcement officers means school officials can easily deactivate and dispose of leftover prescription drugs right at school – before they become a problem.
If you’re interested in using Deterra in your school, visit http://shop.deterrasystem.com/ to order small quantities online, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 568-1128 to discuss program and partnership opportunities.
For prescription drug abuse information specifically for youth, visit NIDA for Teens.