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In declaring a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic, President Trump called for the creation of a national media campaign to reduce drug use among young people. 

As part of PBS NewsHour's America Addicted series, William Brangham speaks with Gary Mendell of Shatterproof about what should be done to prevent addiction.

"For example, there is a program called LifeSkills that's in about 3 or 4% of our middle schools. It has great research behind it that shows that it works. Alternatively, there's research that shows that DARE, which is in about 75% of our middle schools, doesn't work. So, if we can move our middle schools from using LifeSkills, instead of DARE, the opportunity to reduce the number of our teens who ever use drugs is substantially higher."  - Gary Mendell, Shatterproof

-10/31/17

This weekend The New York Times Editorial Board highlighted prevention and Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) as part of its 8-Step Program to combat America's opioid epidemic. They suggest starting young with prevention as research shows LST in schools lowers the risk for opioid misuse.

A version of this editorial appeared in print on Sunday, October 1, 2017, on Page SR8 of The New York Times print edition with the headline: Breaking America's Opioid Addiction.

 

 America's 8-Step Program for Opioid Addiction

...Families across the United States are demanding that more be done to end the despair and devastation of addiction. Here are eight steps to take - now. (click here for the full list)...

...START YOUNG WITH PREVENTION A 2015 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that LifeSkills Training for seventh graders helped them avoid misusing prescription opioids throughout their teenage years. Research suggests that life skills programs work better than traditional antidrug abuse lectures by strengthening children's self-esteem, decision making and communication skills.

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-10/1/17

-2/22/17

Deerfield District 109 Implements LST with Students AND Parents

-2/22/17

    Senate to Vote on School Substance Abuse Bill

-2/21/17

Kiwanis Grant Helps Fight Drug Abuse

-2/11/17

Universal Addiction Prevention Education is Vital

 

-1/25/17

Fighting the Drug Epidemic Takes a "We" Response

 

 

-1/25/17

 

Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians to Implement LST

-12/29/16

 

Surgeon General Names LifeSkills Training One of the Most Effective School-based Programs

-12/16/16
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