Prescription Drugs, Your Family, and How To Keep Them Safe

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The opioid epidemic is in full swing throughout the United State and one the largest groups of victims in this growing crisis is today’s teenagers and student athletes.

As reported by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in the Washington Post, more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides in 2015. As recently as 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths by more than 5 to 1.

Even more evidence that America’s opioid epidemic continues to worsen is the latest numbers as reported by By Nadia Kounang, CNN from the (CDC) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, show that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. In 1999, just 6% of all overdoses were related to the drug. And finally a separate study, led by University of Michigan researchers, estimates that about 21 percent of newborns in rural counties had withdrawal symptoms in 2013, up from 13 percent in 2004. Demonstrating that no community is excluded from this crisis.

For all these reasons De La Salle Collegiate made the decision to become the leader for schools regarding student safety from drug usage. To accomplish this we started our mandatory and random hair follicle drug testing program for all students.

What the program has done is two fold:

  1. Gives the students an adequate tool to combat peer pressure from trying or using illicit substances. This is critical because we know that peer pressure applied to young men is an almost insurmountable force to overcome without the aid of another measure or tool.
  2. Provides De La Salle Collegiate and the family the opportunity to intervene if a student has been using an illicit substance before they have traveled too far down the road of substance abuse. If a student ever did test positive for a substance, they are sent for a professional evaluation and recommendation of treatment. The hope is to get the student the medical help they need to ensure they do not end up as another statistic.

The other part of our program is education. We partner with Families Against Narcotics to provide annual educational training for parents, students, and staff. The next opportunity is coming up on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6-7:30 pm.

We invite any prospective student or parent to attend this free workshop. While there you will:

  • Gain a better understanding about substance abuse trends in our local middle and high schools.
  • Hear from families who share their stories of addiction and recovery.
  • Learn tips to have open, positive conversations with your kids.
  • Identify proactive steps to safeguard your child and home.
  • Discover substance abuse prevention resources in your community.
  • Connect with other families in a safe, supportive environment.

We do ask that your RSVP for this event by CLICKING HERE.

If you have any questions on this event, De La Salle Collegiate, or other programs offered at the school, please reach out to the Admissions Office at

God Bless and Go Pilots,

Mr. Bill Burkhardt, ‘03

Director of Admissions

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