School Nurses: Trusted Student Health Professionals and Agents of Substance Abuse Prevention

From the Office of National Drug Control Policy comes high praise for the role that school nurses play in protecting the mental health of America’s students. A 2007 report from the Government Accountability Office showed that these professional health care workers spend one-third of their time providing mental health services, including addiction issues. Substance abuse in the form of prescription drug abuse has increased markedly in this segment of the population. School nurses and their professional association have tackled the problem head on by educating students regarding the dangers of drug abuse and treating those who exhibit symptoms of addiction.

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