Registration Open For March 6 New Mexico Youth Summit On Opioid Awareness

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Registration Open For March 6 New Mexico Youth Summit On Opioid Awareness

Registration is open for the New Mexico Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. March 6 at the Santa Ana Civic Center in Rio Rancho, N.M.

Schools are already registering middle and high school students for this event being brought to New Mexico through the Mark Wahlberg Foundation and DEA 360. Registration and additional information regarding the summit may be found by going to .

Teachers are encouraged to utilize existing curricula, resources, and/or develop lessons for students leading up to and/or after this event on opioid prevention and awareness. DEA 360 is also spotlighting a resource that teachers may wish to utilize.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with Discovery Education, have joined forces to combat prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. Operation Prevention, a no-cost, nationwide initiative developed to educate and empower students in grades 3-12 with facts, helps them to better understand the science behind opioids’ impact on the brain and body.

The Operation Prevention program digital curriculum tools were developed using, and are aligned to, the following:

·         Next Generation Science Standards

·         National Health Education Standards

·         Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts

·         Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies

The Operation Prevention website, under Classroom Resources, has Digital Lesson Bundles and accompanying educator guides for Elementary, Middle and High School students, a Self-Paced Module in English and Spanish (targeting middle and high school aged youth).  The program also features three Virtual Field Trips and a Parent Toolkit in English and Spanish. 

A high school video challenge, encourages students to send a message to their peers about the dangers of misusing opioids by creating a 30-60 second original Public Service Announcement (PSA). Empower students to lead the change in schools for the chance to win up to $10,000 in scholarships for their commitment to this issue. Submissions are due by March 6, 2019.

There is also an Educator Training Video that will explain more about how the curriculum was developed and how it is being implemented in various school settings.