Prescription drug misuse and abuse can impact our nation’s youth, who face peer pressure and a lack of knowledge about the dangers of misuse.
As part of our ongoing commitment to help educate the public about the challenges surrounding addiction, CVS Health created Pharmacists Teach, a no-cost educational prevention program that provides students and parents with information about prescription drug misuse and abuse.
Since 2015, Pharmacists Teach has reached more than 450,000 students and parents nationwide and that number continues to grow.
One Choice Changes Everything: Student-Focused Education
We offer our presentation “One Choice Changes Everything” to students in grades 6-12 at schools, youth organizations and faith-based groups. Led by one of our pharmacists, students learn the facts and hear stories that share how the lives of other youth were forever changed by misuse or abuse of prescription drugs. Following the presentation, the pharmacist leads a discussion and Q&A with students.
This presentation can be delivered to groups of any size, from small groups to large assemblies, and is delivered at no cost to the school or organization.
Prescription for Parents
Research shows that children who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t get this information at home.1
With this in mind, we expanded our outreach to create a prevention education program for adults to encourage parents, caregivers, friends and family members to talk about prescription misuse and abuse by arming them with knowledge about commonly abused drugs and how to identify the signs and symptoms of prescription misuse and abuse as well as helpful tips and tools needed to navigate challenging questions and answers around the topic.
Similar in format to our student presentation, “Prescription for Parents” includes impactful videos of real life stories and is led by a pharmacist who can answer questions about prescription misuse and abuse.
This presentation can be delivered to groups of any size at school parent meetings, community centers, religious organizations, and company meetings.
If you’re interested in bringing these programs to your school, community or business, email us at PharmacistsTeach@CVSHealth.com.
1 DEA/ED. Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention