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Teachers, principals and other school officials make an impact on the lives of their students each school day. Start Talking! asks Ohio’s schools to embrace this youth drug prevention initiative and help to build a drug-free future for Ohio’s students by utilizing one or more of the four programs that comprise the initiative, including: Parents360 Rx, Know!, 5 Minutes for Life and Resiliency.

How do I run a Parents360 Rx program?

Parents360 Rx is a program developed by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to increase parents’ knowledge of substance abuse and improve a parent’s confidence in their ability to speak with teens about substance abuse, particularly prescription drugs. The program has proven successful in communities across the country, resulting in more conversations at home and throughout the community to deter drug use.

Schools may host a Parents360 Rx education program for parents. A toolkit is available to guide program development and discussion during a parent assembly.

Action Toolkit

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Know! TEACHable Moments

When it comes to preventing children from drinking, smoking or using other drugs, parents are a child’s first line of defense. Who else has heavy influence on children? TEACHERS!

Teachers are powerful influencers in their students’ lives. What is shared in the classroom can positively impact a child’s decision not to use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs. Teachers have an incredible opportunity to guide students toward making healthy, drug-free lifestyle choices. That is why Drug Free Action Alliance created TEACHable Moments, which are specially designed tips for educators, sent out via email twice monthly for FREE. They contain news that teachers can use to get those critical prevention talks started in the classroom.

5 Minutes for Life
5 Minutes for Life centers on Ohio State Troopers, Ohio National Guard members and local law enforcement talking for five minutes with student-athletes before or after a practice about responsible decision-making, leadership and encouraging those in their peer group to live a drug-free lifestyle. This campaign aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate illegal drug use among students. Other partners in this effort include the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Building Youth Resiliency

Good behavioral health among young people is essential to resisting substance abuse and addiction. The Office of Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Departments of Aging, Job and Family Services, and Mental Health and Addiction Services partnered in an effort to assist local communities in utilizing evidence-based programs to build youth resilience and resistance to substance use.