Why starting young with prevention is key to combat opioid crisis

October 12, 2017

Schools and communities are searching for new tools to combat the prescription drug and opioid crisis, now regarded as a national emergency.

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A 2015 study funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that there are evidence-based programs available that help students avoid misusing prescription opioids throughout their teenage years. And research suggests that these programs work better than traditional anti-drug abuse lectures (“Just Say No”) by strengthening children’s self-esteem, decision-making, and communication skills.

National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), the researchers behind Botvin LifeSkills Training have developed a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module to prevent youth opioid and Rx drug misuse/abuse.

The new LST Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module gives teens the skills and knowledge necessary to help them avoid the misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.  It will be available in a variety of formats that will allow for both online and classroom delivery. The new module is ideal for school districts, community-based organizations, and agencies serving students in grades 6 – 9. The module is flexible enough to enhance the award-winning Botvin LifeSkills Training program or to be integrated into existing prevention programming.

The new module is designed to further enhance the effectiveness of the LST Middle School program, which has been proven to reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse.

Let’s stop prescription opioid abuse before it begins. Now is the time to unleash the power of prevention.

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Addressing the Opioid Crisis with a New Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module

October 11, 2017

Schools and communities are searching for new tools to combat the prescription drug and opioid crisis, now regarded as a national emergency. National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), the researchers behind Botvin LifeSkills Training, have risen to the challenge of helping youth avoid the dangers of prescription drug or opioid misuse/abuse and are excited to announce the release of a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module.

The new LST Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module gives teens the skills and knowledge necessary to help them avoid the misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.  It will be available in a variety of formats that will allow for both online and classroom delivery. The new module is ideal for school districts, community-based organizations, and agencies serving students ages 11 – 14. The module is flexible enough to enhance the award-winning Botvin LifeSkills Training program or to be integrated into existing prevention programming.

The new module is designed to further enhance the effectiveness of the LST Middle School program, which has been proven to reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse.   A study funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed that the LST Middle School program delivered in 7th grade classrooms helped students avoid misusing/abusing prescriptions opioids and other drugs throughout their teen years. NHPA researchers say that the addition of this new module will reinforce the already effective LST program.

“NHPA is a leader in quality, effective evidence-based prevention education.  While our core Middle School program already has evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse, the addition of this new module will help to specifically address the epidemic facing our nation.   The LST program has been tested through more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research and has identified prevention approaches that are effective, produce lasting results, and can save taxpayers a good deal of money,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and developer of the LST program. “Let’s stop prescription opioid abuse before it begins. Now is the time to unleash the power of prevention.”

More than 35 federally funded studies have demonstrated that LST protects teens against tobacco, alcohol, substance use, and other problem behaviors such as delinquency and violence. According to a 2013 report on the economic benefit of evidence-based prevention programs, LST produced a $38 benefit for every $1 invested in terms of reduced corrections costs, welfare and social services burden, drug and mental health treatment; and increased employment and tax revenue. LST had the highest return on investment of all substance abuse prevention curricula studied.


Mini-Grant Funding For Under 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Activities For FY 2018

October 4, 2017

INGMRF-00123027-001The Collaboration Council announces the availability of mini-grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent their illegal use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription and/or other drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $1,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m. Expenses incurred for projects funded via these grants must begin after January 1, 2018 and conclude by May 31, 2018.

This is part of the Collaboration Council led Many Voices for Smart Choices – Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse. Funding comes from the Montgomery County government. For complete details and to download the Mini-Grant Application Announcement please click here. Please direct all questions to info@collaborationcouncil.org. Deadline for submitting questions is October 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

 


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