Youth Prescription Drug and Medicine Use, Misuse and Abuse: An update

Guidance and Student Support ServicesHolistic HealthSocial Studies
1 Hour Session
Friday Feb 16   09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (1 hour)
Division 3 (Grades 7-9)Division 4 (Grades 10-12)

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Today’s news is frequented with items related to the current opioid crisis. While the use of many other drugs is decreasing, abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs is acknowledged as a growing concern for youth. Teachers in the classroom struggle to give the right message. The use of medicine to treat illness or disease is a necessity, making an abstinence-based approach unrealistic. Students need correct, unbiased information in order to make informed decisions and reduce risk. In this session we will examine student over-the-counter and prescription drug use, misuse and abuse. Information will include prevalence of use, drugs of abuse (including fentanyl), signs and symptoms of misuse/abuse, the link to mental health concerns, a harm-reduction approach, and available resources.
AHS Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health
Program Supervisor - Community Health Promotion Services

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