I have a very important topic to discuss with you; illegal prescription drugs. Prescription drugs have become a safety issue at South Anchorage High school and a topic I believe is extremely important for you to have a conversation at home with your student about. In recent weeks, we have seen a rise in the amount of students at SAHS who are either under the influence of prescription drugs and/or are in possession of prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them.
It is important for students to know that taking medication that is not prescribed to them can be very dangerous to their health and is illegal. In addition to their health risk, taking or selling illegal prescription drugs can carry a hefty school consequence and an additional criminal charge from the Anchorage Police Department.
If students need to take their own prescribed medication at school, this is always done through our school nurse in the nurse’s office. This way the medication can be secured and taken safely. ASD policy prohibits students from carrying their own prescription medication at school unless there is a medical reason to do so and this has been arranged through the school nurse.
Please see the attached flier that has been produced by ASD for more information about illegal prescription drugs and what you can do at home. In addition, if you or your student know information that poses a safety risk they can always come to the Student Services Office here at school, call the Student Services Office at 742-6272 or call the anonymous tip line at 566-8477.
I strongly urge you to have a conversation with your teenager about illegal prescription drugs at home and outline what your expectations and consequences are as a parent with them. I ultimately want to see your kids be as successful and as safe as possible throughout their life, not just at school.
If you have further questions please feel free to call the Student Services Office or your student’s counselor.