SILVER SPRING, Md., April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National
Association of School Nurses (NASN) announced today "Smart Moves, Smart
Choices," a program that responds to the growing rate of prescription drug
abuse among middle and high school students nationwide. NASN has teamed up
with PriCara(R), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on
the program, which features a news series and Web-based resources targeted
to school nurses, teachers and parents. "Smart Moves, Smart Choices"
educates teens about the serious risks of abusing prescription medicines,
such as those used legitimately to treat pain.
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"As the onsite healthcare professionals in schools, school nurses are preparing themselves with the right tools to help with the prevention of prescription drug abuse," said Sandra Delack, RN, MEd, NCSN, NASN President-Elect. "This program will provide schools and parents with facts in a news-style format to motivate young people to make informed choices that lead to healthy behaviors."
A national survey of more than 1,300 school nurses revealed that nearly
60 percent of school nurses indicated prescription drug abuse is a growing
or significant problem in their communities.(i) The nurses' observations
are consistent with research showing the explosion of prescription drug
abuse among youth:
-- Nearly one-quarter of 12th graders report that they have abused
prescription drugs by the time they graduate from high school(ii)
-- Every day, 2,500 youth age 12 to 17 abuse a prescription pain reliever
for the first time(iii)
"Smart Moves, Smart Choices" includes four videos and lesson plans
prepared for the.Medic, a health and wellness feature of MacNeil/Lehrer
Productions' the.News, a new national news servic
|SOURCE NASN (National Association of School Nurses)|
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