A new opioid addiction educational program will be established as statistics have shown that drug overdose has become the Unite States’ number 1 reason for accidental deaths.
A statistic established by the Drug Enforcement Administration has determined that opioid addiction is the driving cause of such deaths as the statistic show that 44 people die every day from prescription opioid overdoses.
The same study also found that the use of heroin has doubled and that drugs addictions span across all usual class categories as they include all the types races, genders, and social categories, as well as age groups and living areas.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has as such set out to lower and prevent opioid and drug addictions, as this current year alone will probably register 30,000 deaths.
The DEA partnered with Discovery Education, a subdivision of the Discovery Communications group, and has already rolled out the first step of the future nation-wide education program this past Tuesday.
The team effort will employ a different tactic that the commonly used tactic of prohibiting the drug. As Chuck Rosenberg, the DEA’s acting administrator has stated the usual stop imposed on drug and opioid addiction will not work on children or teenagers.
This is where the Maryland-based Discovery Education will step in, according to president and CEO, Bill Goodwyn.
As the “say no” approach is quite ineffective, the new program will set out to explain the science and mechanisms behind addiction and its physical, mental, and social effects.
As opposed to the former program that was a once or twice a semester assembly that featured a speaker and failed to attract attention.
The middle and high school students will now receive a classroom education as to the effects of opioid use and will receive a detailed explanation as to addiction’s mark on the behavior and brain of its users.
The anti opioid-addiction program was first presented this Tuesday in a Fairfax County High School and was broadcast with the help of Discovery Education to approximately 200,000 nationwide number of students.
The program’s curriculum was presented as a “virtual field trip”, and it includes the presence of a recovering addict, an assistant principal, a scientist, and DEA agent. The members spoke with a high school class of biology, and a nationwide audience.
The Discovery Education DEA-financed project will enable students the free access to classroom materials and videos, and will also feature video contests in which students themselves will help educate their colleagues in the matter of drug abuse.
The program is set to combat opioid addiction abuse by trying to explain in a scientific manner that even the drugs one can find in their medicine cabinet and which were prescribed by a doctor can lead to grave consequences if over-used.
As the over-use of prescribed painkillers can easily lead to opioid addiction and to even worse outcomes, the program should help educate children against such tactics.
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