Rite Aid Foundation brings Prescription Drug Safety Initiative to Scranton

The Rite Aid Foundation announced that part of its efforts to help address adolescent drug abuse and misuse in Pennsylvania will bring the Prescription Drug Safety program to Scranton-area high schools.

The program, which was developed by Everfi, will be made available to high schools within the Scranton, Pa., area at no cost.

"Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem across the United States. Every day, 116 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses" Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation, said. "Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic that threatens the health, safety and well-being of our young people. The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to introduce this important prevention education to Scranton-area students. We hope it arms them with the skills and knowledge to make smart decisions and prevent abuse before it occurs."

The Prescription Drug Safety program uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge needed to make safe and healthy choices about prescription drugs, the company said.

"We pride ourselves in preparing our students for the world they will enter into after graduation. Prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction are important issues that impact every member of our community," Robert Mehalick, superintendent of the Carbondale Area School District, said. "We are grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for helping us provide this meaningful program. We know it will empower our students to make healthy decisions and help our community overcome this growing epidemic."

In addition, the Rite Aid Foundation through its KidCents program, also will fund the introduction of the Prescription Drug Safety program to high schools in Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Lebanon and Pittsburg markets.