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Speakers Bureau

The “This is (Not) About Drugs” educational program is designed for students grades 6-12th as an effective lesson for helping raise awareness to the risks of misusing prescription opioids. How misusing prescription opioids can lead to addiction, heroin use and overdose. The lesson encourages students to make good choices and alternatives to using substances in dealing with life stresses. How to ask for help and gain support and the available information and resources for making decisions about their own body and health. 

The focus of the speaker’s bureau is to present the “This is (Not) About Drugs” outcomes-driven, science-based youth opioid misuse prevention program.  We have made this NO cost program available to all interested middle and high schools in the county.  In three short years we have touched over 1,500 students with a prevention message that addresses the national opioid public health crisis.


TEACHERS

The “This is (Not) About Drugs” educational program is designed for students in grades 6-12thas an effective lesson for helping raise awareness to the risks of misusing prescription opioids.  How misusing prescription opioids can lead to addiction, heroin and overdose.  The lesson encourages students to make good choices and alternatives to using substances in dealing with life stresses. How to ask for help and gain support and the available information and resources for making decisions about their own body and health. 

This 45-minute presentation is led by a trained professional and accompanied by a vetted person that shares their powerful life story about their addiction and their road to recovery. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the material presented. Currently we are serving 8 high schools and 1 middle school.  This class is a natural fit for health class and has been presented in English and general education classes as well.


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The speaker’s bureau has trained professionals to present the “Opioid Public Health Crisis” program to your community group at NO cost to you.  This one-hour presentation is geared toward those working in sectors that are working to prevent and reduce the effects of the opioid public health crisis or who serve individuals at risk for opioid misuse/addiction or overdose.

The course provides the necessary information to understand and address the potential misuse of Opioids, risk factors, and suggested prevention and reduction methods.  Learn how to recognize the signs of opioid overdose and how the reversal drug Naloxone works.  


AGENCIES

Member agencies are invited to participate in this strategy to fulfill required in-kind (volunteer) hours for the Council.  We can train you and certify you in an hour at NO cost to you or your agency.  

Contact Patti Lembcke, AA, Drug Free Communities Coordinator if you would like to schedule a speaking engagement or train potential speakers?

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