Resources for HS Teachers


The Smart Moves, Smart Choices website is provided by the National Association of School Nurses with the support of Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It provides sections entitled Get Facts, Take Action, Watch Videos, and Quick Links for parents, teens, and educators. The program also offers a tool kit that enables educators to hold school assemblies about teen prescription drug abuse in their communities.

Talking to Your Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse
This brochure was produced by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It provides advice for parents regarding the rising abuse of prescription medications by teens and resources for addressing this phenomenon.

Not in My House
“Not in My House” is a website developed by Abbott Laboratories and The Partnership for a Drug-Free America that contains videoclips and other information relating to the rising abuse of prescription drugs among America’s youth. It includes resources on “What to Do: 3 Steps,” “Teen Culture,” and “What the Experts Say.”

It’s Drug Abuse
Recorded at New Albany High School 2/11/09
View the “It’s Drug Abuse” Video or
Download the Script (PDF)
A skit-based program for high school students highlighting the dangers of abusing prescription medications. This program was prepared by Alli Hall at New Albany High School. Alli’s script (PDF) and a recording of an assembly conducted for all New Albany High School seniors are provided above.

Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer
This program aims to protect teens by reducing prescription drug abuse. The initiative encourages educators, healthcare providers, parents and other “teen influencers” to talk to teens about prescription drug abuse. The program provides easy-to-use materials to help mentors reach out to teens.

Bulletin Board Materials about Prescription Drug Abuse: Get the TRxUTH! (PDF)
These easy-to-assemble bulletin board panels can be used to teach college- and high-school-aged students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The materials are designed to work with whatever space is available and can be customized to fit the needs of your institution.

“The Medicine Chest” Curriculum
“The Medicine Chest” consists of educational materials developed by The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. These materials contain curriculum and service-learning activities that educate students about safe medication disposal.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, offers an online initiative called PEERx to educate 13-15 year olds on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

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