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