Prescription drug abuse is a growing issue, and opioid abuse is now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. With one in five high school seniors reporting that they have misused prescription drugs, reaching students early is now more important than ever.

Hear from experts with The Cleveland Clinic, American Society of Addiction Medicine, the West Virginia Department of Education, and EVERFI on the current landscape of prevention education, the science of addiction, and resources for bringing prevention education to your high school students.

Webinar Recording

Going Beyond “Just Say No” Slide Deck

Key Takeaways for Prevention Instruction

  • [2:17]  EVERFI’s Erin Thwaites explains the economic impact prevention efforts can have, warranting a greater return on investment than treatment programs.
  • [6:59]  Dr. Judy Welsh with the Cleveland Clinic shares strategies for teaching resilience & coping skills and discusses how strengthening societal, community, and personal relationships can help individuals make positive choices.
  • [11:40] Dr. Jason Fields from the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine talks about the differences between the adolescent and adult brain and why teens are more vulnerable to addiction.
  • [27:40]  Josh Grant, Health Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, shares best practices and teaching strategies WV schools have implemented to combat the opioid crisis in their state.
  • [34:12] Finally, the panel shares resources for getting started with prevention education and addresses audience questions including:
    • What advice can you offer for talking to at-risk teens?
    • How early should we focus on prevention education efforts?
    • How does stigma affect how we talk about substance education?

Featured Resources

Prescription Drug Safety: Prescription Drug Safety is an evidence-informed digital program that takes students through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities to help them learn about a range of topics, including the science of addiction, how to properly use and dispose of prescription drugs, and how to intervene when faced with a situation involving drug misuse.

Red Ribbon Week Toolkit: This toolkit provides lesson extension opportunities for bringing the EVERFI Prescription Drug Safety course to life during Red Ribbon Week.

SAMHSA: Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for treatment information.

U.S. Department of Justice: Visit the Diversion Control Division website for information on proper drug disposal.


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