Drug Awareness

BCSD is increasing drug awareness to help combat the national trend of children abusing prescription and over-the counter (OTC) drugs.

The statistics are shocking.

  • Every day, 2,500 youth age 12 to 17 abuse a pain reliever for the very first time.
  • More teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drugs, except marijuana.
  • In 2006, more than 2.1 million teens ages 12 to 17 reported abusing prescription drugs (among 12 and 13 year-olds, prescription drugs are their drug of choice).
  • 70% of over-the-counter drugs are obtained from a friend or relative (according to SAMHSA, 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health - September 2007).

Parents can help with this problem by thinking about their homes. What prescription and over-the counter drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you know if some were missing?

Please feel free to contact Rebecca Krzywda, student assistance program coordinator at (585) 637-1815, if you have any questions or concerns about your child. Or you may call your school counselor in any of our schools.

The Brockport Central School District has always taken a proactive approach to helping students and families with drug/alcohol concerns. Prevention programs in place include DELTA Mentors, the Asset Development Program, Reconnecting Youth, and a Student Assistance Team in each building.

A licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor is available three days per week at the high school and two days per week at the middle school to provide prevention counseling and drug/alcohol evaluations at no cost to students. The Drug and Alcohol Counselor's phone number is (585) 637-1975. Check out the Delphi Services page under Families/Student Assistance Program on this web site.

Parents can now call the Bilingual Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE or 1-855-378-4373) This helpline will provide nationwide bilingual support service offering assistance to parents and other primary caregivers who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking. The Parents Toll-Free Helpline is staffed between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 p.m. ET. 

Recommended Reading:

"Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction" - Jon Daily
"How to Help Your Child Become Drug Free"- David Gust, Sheila Walker, Jon Daily
"Just Say Know"- Cynthia Kuhn
100 Tips For Parents: Raising Drug Free Kids"- Aletha Solter, PhD.
"Helping Young Children Flourish" - Aletha Solter
"How to Raise A Drug Free Kid" - Joseph A. Calafano, Jr.

YouTube: "Understanding Teen Addiction" - Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC

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