Penguins, Rite Aid Fight Addiction Through Education

The Prescription Drug Safety Program Combats Drug Abuse Before it Starts

Jennifer Bloodworth
March 22, 2018 - 7:16 pm
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is teaming up with the Rite Aid Foundation and the Pennsylvania Attorney General to help fight drug abuse and addiction through education.

The Prescription Drug Safety Program will offer free online lessons to Pittsburgh area high schoolers in an effort to combat drug misuse before it starts.  

The series of 6 interactive modules focuses on opioids, depressants and stimulants. Students will learn about the appropriate use for each drug along with bystander intervention skills.

Rite Aid Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Susan Henderson told the KDKA Afternoon News Thursday the skills are integral.

“It’s a course comprised of interactive, real-life scenarios and self-guided activities to help teach students basic information about prescription drugs,” Henderson said. “These are all vital skills in helping them make healthy, smart decisions about prescription drugs.”

The courses are offered through the high schools and not just on the internet. Henderson says that’s intentional.

“There’s an important teacher aspect to this,” she said. “We feel it’s a very important evidence-based way to help teachers in schools and put this into a part of a curriculum that makes sense.”

Once the program is introduced, parents will also be provided resources through a microsite.

Rite Aid intends to expand the program into Ohio, Oregon and Washington as well.