Why starting young with prevention is key to combat opioid crisis

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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