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Opioid Abuse and Using Schools as First Defense

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There is an opioid epidemic in the United States. What many may not realize is that it is trickling down to students in our schools. The fact is that opioids are not hard for teens to get their hands on. Many students are introduced to them when they have an injury and are given a narcotic pain reliever to help with their recovery. As states are dealing with the growing problem, many are focused on utilizing schools as the first line of defense in this growing problem.

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Playgrounds as Therapy Spaces

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Playgrounds are often thought of as a space for kids to play and get energy out. The reality for school therapists and teachers is they can provide an outdoor therapy space and classroom. In addition to this, playgrounds are areas that students feel safe in because they are associated with fun. This helps to lower student anxiety and resistance to talking, working on skills, and more. When weather permits, school counselors, therapists, and special education teachers are working in time on playgrounds to incorporate therapy sessions and lesson plans.

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“How to Stop Bullying”: US Bullying Search Trends

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More than one in five (20.8%) students report being bullied in the US every year. Reports also estimate that only 36% of kids who are bullied actually report it, so the figures are probably much higher.

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Helping Students with ADHD

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Students who have attention troubles are nothing new in schools across the country. The fact that some children have difficulty in school has always been a part of the educational world. What's new is an increased number of students who have an official ADHD diagnosis. While some families may not share this information with teachers and their district, many choose to put 504 Plans into action and seek additional supports that may be needed in the classroom.

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School Nurses and Dispensing Over-the-Counter Medication

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The role of the school nurse continues to change all of the time. If a child comes into your office with a bug bite that itches, what do you do? Your answer will depend on the state which you live in and the laws that may limit you. In some states, you may simply wipe the bite with alcohol and give them a bandage to stop them from itching. Without a doctor’s note and parent permission, no over-the-counter medications may be dispensed during the school day. In other states, the nurse would be able to give an over-the-counter cortisone cream if a parent allows it. In Colorado, a new bill is trying to allow school nurses to train other individuals to properly dispense over-the-counter medication when needed and approved by families at home.

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