Schools now have HOPE for opioid prevention
Schools now can use the HOPE (Health and Opioid Prevention Education) Curriculum to meet Ohio’s requirement for local boards of education to include opioid abuse instruction in their health curricula. The K-12 curriculum is a set of grade-band focused lessons, assessments and learning materials to give students the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to avoid drug abuse. It dovetails with Ohio’s Start Talking! program, which gives teachers and parents tools to use when talking to children about drugs.
The HOPE Curriculum does not replace prevention instruction targeted at alcohol, tobacco and other drugs but can be a part of a larger substance abuse prevention unit in a district’s health education curriculum. The Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance leads the HOPE curriculum, which was developed by faculty at Wright State University, the University of Toledo, Cleveland State University and Ohio University.
Educators and administrators interested in the curriculum can see overviews and lesson samples and request the full curriculum on the Start Talking! website.