Rite Aid Foundation launches Prescription Drug Safety initiative in Seattle-area high schools

The Rite Aid Foundation announced Thursday it is launching the Prescription Drug Safety program in high schools in the Seattle-Tacoma Metro area. The innovative digital program that focuses on prescription drug abuse prevention will be offered free of charge.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced Thursday it is launching the Prescription Drug Safety program in high schools in the Seattle-Tacoma Metro area. The innovative digital program that focuses on prescription drug abuse prevention will be offered free of charge. "We have seen a dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse and misuse, and it has become a national health problem that poses a serious threat to the health, safety and well-being of our young people," said Kermit Crawford, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid Corp. and president of the Rite Aid Foundation. "The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to introduce this important prevention education to Seattle-area students." The program, developed by EVERFI, takes an evidence-based, public health approach to give high school students the necessary skills and information to make healthy decisions about prescription medications. The program uses interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, and it is aligned with CDC's National Health Education Standards and state academic standards. The Rite Aid Foundation, through its KidCents program, will also fund the introduction of the drug safety program to high schools in Ohio, California, Michigan, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.