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Dr. Drew Pinsky Joins National Association of School Nurses to Launch School Tool Kit Addressing Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
Date:10/19/2011

hat teens most commonly abuse – painkillers, stimulants, and depressants – are often easily accessible – sometimes from a parent's medicine cabinet. In fact, 64 percent of teens (ages 12 to 17) who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives.(6)

"The scariest thing I ever hear a parent say is 'not my kid – he's a good kid – he would never abuse a prescription drug,'" adds Pinsky. "The reality is that every teen is at risk. Prescription drug abuse happens every day. By launching this School Tool Kit, the National Association of School Nurses and Janssen are providing valuable tools to educate students and parents about teen prescription drug abuse."

About Smart Moves, Smart ChoicesSmart Moves, Smart Choices is a national awareness program that informs parents, teens, and educators about teen prescription drug abuse and its serious risks. The initiative encourages teens to think twice before they abuse a prescription medication and motivates parents to monitor their medicine cabinets and initiate conversations with their teens. It also inspires educators to enlighten students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse so that they are more likely to make smart decisions. For more information, visit www.SmartMovesSmartChoices.org.

About the National Association of School NursesThe National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is the expert voice for optimal student health and for professional development of school nurses. The organization's vision is that every child has access to a school nurse all day, every day. School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement and health of students. NASN supports the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance scho
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