Kroger steps up drug abuse prevention education
Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co.’s family of pharmacies is expanding its partnership with EverFi to provide high school students with additional classrooms and drug abuse prevention education through the Prescription Drug Safety Network. The national flagship digital program equips students with knowledge and skills to make safe and informed decisions about prescription medications, according to a press release.
"We have to work together to identify a long-term solution to the prescription drug abuse epidemic our country is experiencing. In America, 78 people die each day from opioid overdose and another 20.8 million have a substance use disorder," said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic. “Kroger is committed to offering resources in our stores, pharmacies and communities to be a part of the solution. This preventive education program is just one more way we are helping people, including our youth, lead healthier lives."
The digital learning experience uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs, according to Kroger.
Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national health education standards and state academic standards.
Adoption of the digital prevention education is expected to grow to more than 270 schools in the new academic year, and the expansion brings the program to students for the first time in Lansing, Mich.; Lexington, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix; Atlanta; Dallas and Houston.
Ten schools across the Cincinnati metropolitan area participated in the program's pilot last spring, Kroger said. The training proved to be effective as students increased their understanding of prescription drug topics by 49 percent on average based on pre- to post-assessments.
"The course is a vital part of our curriculum. My high school students have learned a lot about prevention strategies and ways they can help a family member or friend if they see there is a problem," said Kathy Broadnax, health and physical education teacher at The Academies of Bryan Station in Lexington, Ky., in the press release.