New Teacher Guide to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse by High Schoolers

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NEA Health Information Network and Purdue Pharma L.P. Partner on Education Program

Washington, DC. (June 28, 2013) – To help tackle the serious problem of youth prescription drug abuse, high school teachers will have free access to a new resource guide, Rx for Understanding: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse. The guide was developed by the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) in partnership with RxSafetyMatters, a program of Purdue Pharma L. P.

This new comprehensive resource guide, is designed for educators to help students from grades 9-12 learn about the health problems caused by prescription drug abuse and misuse. The guide will be available in hard copy and online and will be released on July 1, 2013 during the National Education Association Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, being held in Atlanta, Georgia

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 20 percent of high school students have taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription at least once in their lives. Clearly, young people need to learn the importance of proper medication use so they can avoid putting themselves at risk of serious harm” said Jerald Newberry, Executive Director, NEA HIN. “This guide will help high school teachers build students’ knowledge and skills so they can make healthy choices and use medications properly throughout their lives.”

The resource guide offers educators the versatility of using its lessons in multiple subject areas or as a supplement to an existing curriculum about health and/or substance abuse. Additionally, the resource guide provides educators with background information, lessons, teaching resources, a reproducible reflective student journal, national education standards alignment charts, and parent information.

“We are delighted to partner with the NEA HIN to make available to teachers a curriculum that will help them teach young people about the dangers of misusing and abusing medications,” said Pamela Bennett, RN, BSN, Executive Director of Healthcare Alliance Development at Purdue. “This program is part of a larger effort by Purdue to work with educators, the medical community and law enforcement to help combat the abuse and diversion of medications.”

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About the National Education Association Health Information Network

As the non-profit health and safety arm of the NEA, the NEA Health Information Network (NEA HIN) provides health and safety information to over 3 million educational employees served by NEA and their 43 million students. NEA HIN distributes information nationally through NEA’s 51 state/territory affiliates as well as through its almost 15,000 local education associations. For more information, please visit

About Purdue Pharma L.P.

Purdue Pharma L.P. is a privately held pharmaceutical company, founded by physicians, that is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and healthcare products. The company is known for its pioneering research on pain, a principal cause of human suffering. Purdue Pharma L.P. has developed to provide information and resources to help deter medication misuse and abuse.

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Media Contact:

Zak Kolsky
NEA Health Information Network

Shirley Johnson
Purdue Pharma L.P.