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Ascension Public Schools Launches "Lock Your Meds" Campaign

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2017
CONTACT: Jackie Tisdell, 225-210-7567
or Jackie.Tisdell@apsb.org

Ascension Public Schools Launches "Lock Your Meds" Campaign

Young black male head and shouldersDonaldsonville, La. – Ascension Public Schools and Capital Area Human Services is launching a local media campaign this summer to bring awareness of teenage abuse of prescription drugs. "Lock Your Meds" is a national campaign created by the National Family Partnership and includes striking images and alarming facts about this very real threat.

Nationally, 6.5 million people age 12 and older report abusing prescription drugs and 66 percent of people over 12 who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family. 

"Our latest data shows four percent of tenth graders and six percent of twelfth graders in Ascension Parish admitted to abusing prescription drugs. It is even happening to one percent of sixth graders right here in our community," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. "The goal of this campaign is to bring awareness to parents and guardians about this problem and to encourage them to limit access to prescription drugs in their homes."

Young white female closeup of faceElements of the local campaign include: posters, a parent brochure, a public service announcement for radio, a public service announcement for television, and social media ads.

 
"An important element of this campaign will be making the information available to parents and guardians. That is why we will ask local pharmacies and doctor's offices to partner with us to deliver these important messages," said Alexander.

For more information about the campaign and to download materials, visit www.apsb.org/page/lock-your-meds. Those wishing to partner with Ascension Public Schools for the Lock Your Meds campaign should contact Coordinator of Student Services Linda Lamendola at 225-391-7272.

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David Alexander
Superintendent



ASCENSION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
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Patricia Russo

Board President

Taft Kleinpeter
Board Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney

Scott Duplechein
Julie Blouin
Kerry Diez
John Murphy
Shawn Sevario
Louis Lambert
Troy Gautreau, Sr.
Lorraine Wimberly
ABOUT ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The Ascension Public Schools system is the largest employer in the parish with over 2,800 employees that support 22,000 students in 27 schools.  An A-rated school district since 2011-12, school performance has grown by 69% over the past four years and currently ranks fourth in Louisiana.
 
RECENT AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
 
  • G.W. Carver Primary won the prestigious 2017 National TAP Founder's Award
  • Dutchtown Middle student Aubrey Green is a finalist for the 2017 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year and Dutchtown's Hiba Hasan was the 2016 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
  • St. Amant High Principal Mia Edwards is a semifinalist for 2018 Louisiana Principal of the Year
  • Ascension Public Schools earned the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ascension is one of only two school districts in Louisiana to achieve this honor.
  • Ascension Public Schools won a Gold Medallion Award from the National School Public Relations Association, the only recipient from Louisiana to receive this top honor in recent history
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