Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced the first initiative focused primarily on preventing prescription drug abuse.
The new curriculum ‘Prescription for Life’ will be available to all high school students beginning in the fall.
The digital course will be offered to students in Arkansas free of charge in an effort to help them better understand the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse.
“Talking about the harmful impact of prescription drug abuse with children and teenagers can no longer be a goal. It has to be a reality,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas ranks first in the nation for ages 12 to 17 in misuse of painkillers. Reversing this trend is a top priority of mine. Prescription for Life will be available to every high school student in Arkansas beginning this fall.”
The course will help students learn the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs through the use of video, animations, simulations, and interactivity. In using life-like simulations, the course will help demonstrate the impact misuse can have on students lives, relationships, and life goals.
Training for educators will be offered to ensure the course’s effectiveness in the classroom.
Educators from the Attorney Generals office will also offer teacher-in service training to help parents and community members learn how to talk with young people about the risks in over using prescription drugs and the warning signs to look out for.
“Stemming the tide of the prescription drug abuse epidemic begins with education,” said Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe. “Our people – particularly our young people – need to be aware of the high risks associated with prescription drug abuse. I applaud the work of Attorney General Rutledge in initiating this important educational project.”
According to data from the state crime lab, drug overdose deaths have increased from 287 in 2015 to 335 in 2016.
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