Opioid Abuse Prevention

House Bill 367 - Opioid Abuse Prevention

Requires the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team to make recommendations for instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention and submit those recommendations to the Department of Education to publish the recommendations online.

Requires the board of education of each local district to select a health curriculum that includes instruction on the dangers of prescription opioid abuse.

Language from Bill

(5) Health education, which shall include instruction in: (f) Prescription opioid abuse prevention, with an emphasis on the prescription drug epidemic and the connection between prescription opioid abuse and addiction to other drugs, such as heroin.


The following items are recommendations from the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team of information that should be included to meet the health instruction requirement focused on “Prescription opioid abuse prevention, with an emphasis on the prescription drug epidemic and the connection between prescription opioid abuse and addiction to other drugs, such as heroin.”

Based upon national data provided by the National Institute of Drug Addiction, (NIDA) and the most recent Center for Disease Control, (CDC) regarding prescription opioid abuse and heroin abuse, prevention education is vital to all students in primary and secondary schools. The grade band recommendations are K-2, 3-5, 6, 7-8, 9, 10-11, 12 and curriculum provided should be developed and subsequently modified to match industry standards.

Kindergarten through Third Grade

In grades kindergarten through third, instruction should include “differences among foods, poisons, medicines and drugs; personal responsibility for ones actions;” and rules regarding who provides, distributes, accesses and monitors medication in the home and community.

Helpful Resources for Kindergarten through third GRADE

Fourth through Fifth Grade

In grades fourth through fifth, instruction should include, safe and unsafe behavior when around peers and family that are using medication, “how to identify different drugs; the effects of drugs”; and why some drugs and medications are extremely dangerous if ingested or taken without a physician’s permission. Connect ADHD medications and the importance of not sharing, selling and only taking what is prescribed at the right doses (i.e. following the doctor’s orders).

Helpful Resources for fourth through fifth GRADE

Sixth through Eighth Grade

In the sixth to eighth grade, instruction should include the definitions of addiction, abuse and misuse; how family, peer, media and community influences substance abuse.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR SIXTH TO EIGHTH GRADE RELATING TO ADDICTION AND ABUSE

In the sixth to eighth grade, instruction should directly focus on painkillers, including opioids, a narcotic of choice for teens rather than emphasizing a more generalized anti-drug approach – focus on the science of addiction. Additionally, instruction on how recreational use of prescription pain relievers can lead to heroin use/abuse and addiction –with emphasis on the potential progression of addiction that could lead to heroin addiction and potentially death as well as an increased likelihood of infectious diseases such as Human Immune Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, (HIV/AIDS), Hepatitis C and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA.)

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR SIXTH TO EIGHTH GRADE RELATING TO Heroin and Painkiller addiction

Ninth through Twelfth Grade

In grade nine to twelve, instruction should include a review of addiction, proper handling of medication and ingestion by prescription only. The link between a simple medical procedure – like getting wisdom teeth pulled or having a sports related injury – and the potential for addiction to occur if abused and not taken properly, (i.e. following doctor’s orders). Instruction should also include the importance of family medical history, including the disease of addiction and the how to discuss concerns with a trusted adult.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR NINTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE RELATING TO PROPERLY HANDING MEDICATION

In grade nine to twelve, health instruction should include how to recognize symptoms of a drug overdose, emphasizing the importance of quickly seeking medical attention for a person who has overdosed. Additionally, health instruction should also address how students can help a friend or family member who may be addicted to prescription pain medicines and/or heroin.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR NINTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE RELATING TO RECOGNIZING DRUG OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

In grade nine to twelve, health instruction should provide access information to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the free program to encourage young people, parents, care-givers and teachers, clergy people and coaches to Start Talking about prescription drug abuse and other drug addictions.

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR NINTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE RELATING TO Mental Health and Addiction Services


General Resources

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