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.
- Easy-To-Read Drug Facts
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids
- Al-Anon Fort Worth
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Challenge of Tarrant County
- D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
- Get Smart About Drugs
- Just Think Twice
- Marijuana Anonymous
- Monitoring the Future
- Narcotics Anonymous
- National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Project ALERT
- R U Safe?
- Recovery Resource Council
- SmokeFree Teen
- Bullying and Substance Abuse
- Say What! Live Tobacco Free
- Stop Medicine Abuse
- Stop Underage Drinking
- Texas Suicide Prevention