Track B

Using Primary Prevention Education to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Kris Adzia, Director of Education, Robert Crown Center for Health Education
Mark Robinson, MPH, Program Manager, Robert Crown Center for Health Education

Opioid abuse (including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain pills) continues to be a community issue with increases in use, overdose, and overdose deaths both locally, regionally, and nationally. We will discuss the current trends in our communities, including reasons adolescents use, and the community health approach we took to create primary prevention educational programming. Our continued work to partner with schools and community organizations to raise awareness of the issue, the barriers faced when bringing primary prevention to schools and communities, and how we can all work to educate our students, parents, and community members will also be addressed.