New health curriculum includes prescription drugs abuse prevention

Programs available to junior high schools

Prescription drugs have been increasingly identified as having the potential to be be abused, which is why information about them has been added to Nova Scotia’s student health curriculum.

The departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Health and Wellness have released new drug and alcohol prevention curriculum resources for junior high school students.

Seven new lesson plans for grades 7 to 9 were released on February 19, as part of the health education curriculum including lessons entitled “Super Powers,” “Super Powers Part 2,” “My Back and My Brain,” “Drug Land,” “Angels and Demons,” “Getting from Here to There,” and “Super Powers.” These lessons speak about pressures and influences that possibly lead to abuse of alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs.

This curriculum is the first of its kind in Canada. It’s already been tested in the province.

“We’ve all heard the stories about the rise in prescription drug use,” said Jeff DeWolfe when he announced this information to the South Shore Regional School Board March 11. “The feedback from the schools was very positive, and so we’re looking forward to implementing that in our schools.”

There were training sessions to help initiate these new lessons available to teachers, mental health clinicians, guidance counsellors and school board administrators from across the province. Over 300 people attended the sessions.

“I am pleased that we are able to provide enhanced resources that will help our students with drug and alcohol prevention and ensure they are provided with the right information to help them make positive life choices,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine in a press release. “Prescription drug misuse can devastate families and it’s an issue I have dedicated myself to for a number of years.”

As originally published in LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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