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Mrs. Samantha Ashby Crossroads Counselor
Mrs. Samantha Ashby Crossroads Counselor

Crossroads Program

The Crossroads Program at Manzano High School

Crossroads is a program in the APS Student, Family, and Community Supports Division, which provides substance abuse prevention and intervention services at various APS high schools.

The objectives of the program are to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and to improve school performance. Our program is an evidenced-based, model program which consists of several components to include:  individual counseling, prevention strategies, assisting students with community resources and the Parent Involvement Program (PIP)—an evening program that students attend with their parents for those who have incurred alcohol or drug violations.

Services are available to any student who attends Manzano, and the services provided are confidential in nature (except in cases of reported abuse, neglect, suicidal ideation, and/or safety threats.)  Students may seek assistance from the Crossroads Counselor to ask questions and obtain information about substances even if the student does not have a problem with substance abuse, or in cases where there may be substance abuse with another family member.

An individual referral to Crossroads can be made by anyone: teacher, student (self or friend), parent, social worker, school counselor, principal, nurse, or security. A referral to Crossroads may help avoid future problems with substance abuse when the student is identified early on and provided with some information and resources.  Individual services are voluntary and the student may choose whether or not to participate in the program.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the program.  Our primary role is to be a helpful resource and to support student success in school.


Samantha Ashby, LPCC, Crossroads Counselor
Office: 559-2200 ext 23307
Office Located in the Library

Over The Counter Medicine Abuse

Many adults are unaware that some teens and young people turn to OTC medicines as a way to get high.  Some medications that are readily available in medicine cabinets and drug stores have potential for abuse and can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects when not taken as directed.  Most commonly abused medications include:

  • Drugs that contain Dextromethorphan, which is the active ingredient in over 100 cough and cold medications including Robitussin and Coricidin. 
  • Drugs used to treat motion sickness that contain dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or diphenhydramine (Benedryl) also have potential for abuse.

or more information and a comprehensive guide, visit Medicine Abuse Project. If you suspect that your teen has been abusing OTC drugs, please seek medical attention immediately. Feel free to contact Samantha Ashby, Crossroads Counselor.


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