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New York Times Recommends Botvin LifeSkills Training to Combat Opioid Crisis

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.

 

  

Opinion | EDITORIAL

America's 8-Step Program for Opioid Addiction

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some scientists have blamed it for lowering our life expectancy.

Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015. That is also more than double the number in 2005, and nearly quadruple the number in 2000, when accidental falls killed more Americans than opioid overdoses...

...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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