Schools all over the country are seeing an increase in the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs by students. The questions and answers below provide information for parents as they prepare to discuss this dangerous trend with their student. Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a prescription drug that was prescribed for someone else or in a manner or dosage oth- er than what was prescribed. Abuse can include taking a friend’s or relative’s prescription to get high, to treat pain, or because you think it will help with studying. Opioids (such as the pain relievers OxyContin and Vicodin), central nervous system depressants (e.g., Xanax, Valium), and stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall) are the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Some drugs that are available without a prescription—also known as over-the-counter drugs—also can be dangerous if they aren’t taken according to the directions on the packaging. For exam- ple, DXM (dextromethorphan), the active cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications, sometimes is abused, particularly by youth. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.7 percent reported past- year nonmedical use of prescription medications. According to the 2010 Monitoring the Future survey, prescription and over-the-coun- ter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by 12th grad- ers, after alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. Youth who abuse prescription medications are also more likely to report use of other drugs. Both teens and young adults obtain the majority of prescription drugs from friends and relatives, sometimes without their knowl- edge. In one survey, 54 percent of high school seniors said that opi- oid drugs other than heroin (e.g., Vicodin) would be fairly or very easy to get. Teens abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons, including to get high, to treat pain, or because they think it will help them with school work. Interestingly, boys and girls tend to abuse some types of prescription drugs for different reasons. For example, boys are more apt to abuse prescription stimulants to get high, while girls tend to abuse them to stay alert. Students, parents, patrons and staff of the LeMars Community School District are hereby notified that the Board of Education has adopted student responsibility and disci- pline policies to include those pertaining to attendance, use/possession of tobacco or nic- otine products, use/possession of alcoholic beverages or any other controlled substance, disruptive behavior, suspension/expulsion, corporal punishment, participation in extra- curricular activities, academic progress and citizenship. In accordance with the School Rules of Iowa, by this notice the Board publi- cizes its support of these policies, and its sup- port of the staff in enforcing them. LeMars Community School District students, parents, patrons, staff and outside service workers/contractors are hereby notified about the presence of asbestos- containing building materials in the district’s buildings. This material is managed in complete compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Asbestos-Containing Material in Schools final rule 40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E of October 30, 1987, and in compliance with Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 82— School Facilities; Asbestos-Containing Materials in School Buildings, December 12, 1987. A management plan has been prepared for each building and is on file for public inspection at each administrative office. Questions about the district’s Asbestos Management Plan should be directed to Mr. Scott Eilts, 940 Lincoln St SW, LeMars, phone 546-6035 or 546-4155.