Preparing for Opioid-Related Emergencies for K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "In October 2017, the President and acting U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary determined that a public health emergency exists nationwide. [...] Schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHE) may find the threat of opioid misuse and abuse affects their population in several possible ways: [1] Students may use or abuse opioids themselves, leading to issues with drug dependence, addiction, and even the potential for overdose. [2] Parents, guardians, family members, or roommates of students may be dealing with addiction issues at home, with members of their household using or abusing opioids themselves (and parents and guardians may be unaware that opioids they have in the home are being taken by their children). [3] Teachers, faculty, and staff may have opioid use or abuse issues. [4] Use by any member of the educational community might bring drugs physically to the campus grounds (and in some cases, lead to drug dealing on or around the property). [5] Corollary issues that result from drug use and abuse might affect school/IHE members or the community as a whole, such as increased property crimes, fighting, vandalism, and the presence of weapons, other drugs or alcohol, or discarded drug paraphernalia that affects the overall safety of the environment and students' sense of safety."

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