New High School Prescription Drug Safety Program takes aim at Opioid Epidemic
Program Will be available in Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties
Washington DC (February 1, 2018) – EVERFI Inc. today announced a new educational initiative to empower Maryland high school students with the skills to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription medications and understand the dangers of misusing these drugs. The company’s online Prescription Drug Safety course will be provided as a pilot program at no cost to 12 schools across Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties, thanks to a grant from the David and June Trone Family Foundation.
With this pilot, Maryland becomes the 16th state to have access to the high school course through the Prescription Drug Safety Network. EVERFI aims to secure additional funding to support implementation of the program more broadly across the state. A college version of the course is also being used across the country, including by three Maryland universities – Johns Hopkins, Frostburg State, and Towson – to educate incoming freshmen. Both courses use an evidence-based, public health approach and meets the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Education Standards.
The Prescription Drug Safety course covers topics such as the principles of addiction, proper prescription drug use and disposal, and the medical uses and potential dangers of using different types of drugs, including opioids, stimulants, depressants without a prescription.
An important component of the course is teaching students how to deal with situations involving misuse. Through a series of interactive scenarios, students explore the thoughts of their peers and debunk common myths when a classmate offers drugs to help with studying. They also step into the shoes of a student who is asked for their leftover medications — and see the real results of their choices.
In launching this program, The Trone Foundation supports the Prescription Drug Safety Network, the nation’s first public-private initiative to combat prescription drug abuse by providing prevention education in schools. The Network represents a diverse group of state leaders, healthcare companies,
pharmacies, and foundations with a common mission of making a lasting impact of the health and safety of their communities.
“Prescription drug abuse has dealt a devastating blow to communities across the country, yet there are few initiatives aimed at positively preventing the abuse before it occurs,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. “This network just got much stronger with the addition of David & June Trone. With their influence as community leaders their voices will help us make significant progress to combatting this crisis through prevention education that gets out in front of the problem.”
“In December 2016, I received a call that my nephew had gone missing. A few days later, we learned that he was the victim of a fatal opioid overdose,” said David Trone. “Prevention education is a crucial part of fighting our national opioid epidemic. I’m proud to support EVERFI in their efforts to help Maryland students get that education.”
A full description of the course can be viewed here.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas with more than 4,300 partners in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. EVERFI is an industry convenor that builds Networks to tackle the toughest social issues, including the Campus Prevention Network, a coalition of higher education institutions committed to campus sexual assault and alcohol abuse prevention; and the Financial Capability Network, a coalition of industry leaders dedicated to improving financial outcomes for communities across the country. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, and The Rise Fund. Learn more about the Prescription Drug Safety Network here.
David & June Trone Family Foundation
The David and June Trone Family Foundation was established in 2011 to make a difference in the lives of others, with particular emphasis on education, healthcare and social justice. The Trones believe greatly in the importance of investing heavily through multiple programs and strategies to fight prescription drug abuse stemming from their family tragedy.
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