Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter recently joined Walmart and EVERFI personnel in launching an interactive prescription drug safety course designed for high school students.
The effort, Prescription Drug Safety, unveiled before students and administrators from Capitol Hill High School and the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, is an innovative digital course providing high school students with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions related to prescription medications.
“Prevention education for Oklahoma’s youth surrounding the dangers and addictive qualities of prescription drugs is vital to overcoming our current opioid crisis,” Hunter said. “Thanks to this interactive, evidence-based course, students across the state will learn about the dangers, proper use, and safe disposal of prescription drugs.”
The initiative, which was developed by social-impact technology innovator EVERFI, is being made initially available to 26 counties across the state at no cost through support from Walmart.
“Walmart is incredibly proud to partner with Attorney General Hunter, the Prescription Drug Network and EVERFI to bring this powerful tool for prescription drug abuse prevention to 26 counties in Oklahoma,” Robyn Janaway, Walmart Market Health and Wellness director, said. “We believe equipping young people with the knowledge to make good choices is a fundamental part of building resilient, healthy communities in Oklahoma and across the country.”
The course includes six learning modules covering topics such as the principles of addiction, and the medical uses and potential dangers of using different types of drugs, including opioids, stimulants, and depressants without a prescription.