Operation Prevention; Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic with Students

As most of us are aware, our coun­try is in the mid­dle of an opi­oid over­dose epi­dem­ic. In the wake of this epi­dem­ic, a new school code requires schools to pro­vide instruc­tion to stu­dents in grades 6–12 relat­ed to the pre­ven­tion of opi­oid abuse, begin­ning in the 2018–19 school year. To sup­port our dis­tricts, Ron Rolon, Bucks County Intermediate Unit Prevention Program Coordinator, recent­ly facil­i­tat­ed a ses­sion at the Bucks IU where 40 edu­ca­tors came togeth­er to review and unpack the Operation Prevention cur­ricu­lum.  Operation Prevention is a com­pre­hen­sive K‑12 opi­oid pre­ven­tion cur­ricu­lum cre­at­ed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education. The cur­ricu­lum has exten­sive resources for stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents.

Two sep­a­rate ses­sions were pro­vid­ed.  The morn­ing ses­sion was pro­vid­ed for non-public schools.  Representation from non-public schools include Pen Ryn School, Holy Ghost Prep, St. Isidore, Nativity of Our Lord, St. Jude, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and ATG Learning Academy.  The after­noon ses­sion was pro­vid­ed for pub­lic schools. Public school rep­re­sen­ta­tion includ­ed Pennridge, Central Bucks, Centennial, Council Rock, Morrisville, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and Bucks County Technical High School.