New Safeschools Training Course

Prescription drug useThe opioid epidemic is one of the most devastating public health crises in history. And its effects are far-reaching. More and more Americans develop opioid abuse and addiction – many of which had been prescribed the drugs. And most who use heroin had first misused prescription opioids. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that within the past year in the United States:  

  • More than 11 million people misused prescription opioids.
  • Over 42,000 people died from overdosing on opioids.
  • More than 2 million people had an opioid-use disorder. 
  • The U.S. incurred nearly $504 billion in economic cost. 
  • On average, 116 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. 

Many adults have seen bright students with promising futures threatened by the use of alcohol and drugs – either directly or experienced in home life. When a young person's problems surface, these adults often wonder what they could have done to help prevent them. Should they have seen it coming? What signals did they miss? Teachers and other education professionals play a critical role in providing knowledge and raising awareness among students. Educators are in a position to give essential and potentially life-saving information to their students. Prescription drug and opioid abuse is a serious and complex challenge and not one you should try to address alone. It's important that you know and follow your school's policies related to substance-abuse reporting and involve other professionals with the expertise to help.
This why Safeschools created a Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse course for the SafeSchools Online Training System. The course provides school staff members and administrators with an overview of prescription drug and opioid abuse, its cause and effects, and ideas for increasing awareness among the student body.
For more information on this course, or SafeSchools Training in general, contact 1-800-434-0154 or More information can also be found at