Rutledge Launches Prescription for Life in Union County
Parkers Chapel is first school in south Arkansas to use curriculum
EL DORADO – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, joined by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane, continued her launch of a first-in-the-nation education initiative called “Prescription for Life” at Parkers Chapel High School. Prescription for Life features a digital platform to help high school students in the State understand the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse.
Prescription for Life comes at no cost to participating schools in Arkansas and is now operating in the Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Shirley, Benton and Parkers Chapel School Districts.
“Bringing Prescription for Life to schools across our state is helping start a conversation with our high school students,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas ranks number one in the nation for ages 12 to 17 in misuse of painkillers – a ranking no state wants to have. Prescription for Life is going to help change that, and I am grateful to have General Landry and State Drug Director Lane with me at Parkers Chapel to show their support for this program.”
Rutledge, Landry and Lane observed a class of students going through the 30-minute course, which was followed up with a post-assessment survey to measure changes in students’ attitudes and behavior.
“I commend Attorney General Rutledge for the implementation of her Prescription for Life program, which helps educate students on the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. “I am grateful to have such a strong partner as General Rutledge in our fight to end the opioid epidemic sweeping across Arkansas, Louisiana and our entire country.”
“Prescription for Life is key to educating young Arkansans on how to avoid substance abuse,” said State Drug Director Kirk Lane. “This program will save lives and be a positive influence on Arkansas's health and safety.”
Using an evidence-based public health approach, the digital course empowers high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Education Standards and State academic standards.
The self-paced modular course uses video, animations, simulations and interactivity to deliver a personalized, self-guided learning experience. The real-life simulations demonstrate the impact misuse can have on students’ physical and mental health, relationships and future goals while the scenario-based exercises help students practice how to support other students in their choices regarding the safe use of prescription drugs.
Educators from the Attorney General’s office are also available to conduct teacher in-service trainings in person and through webcasts and give presentations to parent and community groups throughout the State about how to talk with young people about risks associated with opioid use and how to recognize signs that their loved ones are abusing drugs.
Rutledge joined Landry in Shreveport this morning to announce more prescription drug take back box location in north Louisiana, saying, “Arkansas has an extensive drug take back box network throughout our 75 counties, and the addition of these boxes to parishes across north Louisiana will be a great convenience for Arkansans who work or have friends and family across the state line. I am proud of General Landry’s leadership on this important issue. I know that he is committed, just as I am, to tackling the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is spreading across our states with an all-of-the-above approach that includes education, prevention and treatment.”
Find more information about Prescription for Life and how to bring it to schools or other settings at ArkansasAG.gov.