Into the class­room

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CE­CIL COUNTY — With Ce­cil County av­er­ag­ing more than an over­dose a day, the fight against the opi­oid epi­demic is now en­ter­ing new ter­ri­tory: the class­room.

While drug ed­u­ca­tion has long been a sta­ple of school cur­ricu­lum, this school year both Ce­cil Col­lege and Ce­cil County Public Schools will in­tro­duce new lessons and new re­sources specif­i­cally aimed at ad­dress­ing the opi­oid epi­demic. Both en­ti­ties have also ex­panded the avail­abil­ity of nalox­one — an opi­oid over­dose re­ver­sal drug better known by its brand name, Nar­can — at their fa­cil­i­ties.

These new ini­tia­tives in many cases build on long­stand­ing ex­ist­ing part­ner­ships that both en­ti­ties have with lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Ce­cil County Health Depart­ment, Voices of Hope for Ce­cil County and the Ce­cil County Drug Free Com­mu­ni­ties Coali­tion. This col­lab­o­ra­tion among county or­ga­ni­za­tions is es­sen­tial as CCPS and Ce­cil Col­lege look to reach stu­dents in a va­ri­ety of ways in many dif­fer­ent set­tings, CCPS Su­per­in­ten­dent D’Ette Devine said.

“There isn’t one sin­gle strat­egy that you can use,” she said. “You have to come at stu­dents over a pe­riod of years through a mul­ti­tude of venues to make the case.”

See SCHOOLS Page A10

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCPS

Stu­dents de­velop plans to pro­mote drug and al­co­hol aware­ness at county schools dur­ing the first Youth Lead­er­ship Sum­mit held in Novem­ber 2015.

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