District Intervention Specialist Program

Welcome

The District Intervention Specialist program is a support program for students and parents, providing early intervention and rehabilitation and referral services regarding alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. The Intervention Specialists work to develop, implement and enhance educational programs of drug prevention in elementary and secondary schools. Further, the program provides substance abuse educational services to faculty and community members in order to promote safe and drug free schools and communities.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Teen prescription (Rx) drug abuse is a serious and growing problem in the United States.  According to a survey, one in four high school students has taken a prescription drug that was not prescribed them by a doctor.  Every day, 2,500 young people use a prescription pain reliever to get high for the first time. Many teens do not realize that abusing prescription medications or mixing prescription medications with alcohol can cause serious health consequences - even death.  It's important that parents be aware of this issue and monitor teens' access to prescription drugs.

Here's what parents can do to take action right now:

  • Take all prescription medications out of the medicine cabinet and secure them in a safe place.  Encourage relatives, especially grandparents, to do the same.
  • Have an ongoing dialog with their teens.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of abuse by visiting SmartMovesSmartChoices.org.

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