The College of Education and Human Ecology, in partnership with the Colleges of Pharmacy, Social Work, Public Health, and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, planned a conference for Ohio educators concerning the opioid crisis. The purpose of the conference was to help teachers, principals, superintendents, administrators, school nurses, guidance counselors, coaches, and school social workers learn more about the opioid crisis and what they can do to support children, families, and communities. Participation in the conference allowed educators, in consultation with their local districts, to apply for up to one professional development credit. The conference sessions were taped. The videos are now available to be used as resources and are accessible on this site.
Participants engaged in learning activities focusing on:
- recognizing how the opioid crisis is affecting schools;
- understanding the science of substance misuse disorder – how addiction forms and how it is treated;
- identifying children who suffer from addiction, or whose caregivers suffer from opioid addiction;
- connecting affected children and caregivers to appropriate social service providers;
- engaging in effective conversations regarding addiction;
- identifying the strategies for effective prevention programs and drug misuse education;
- participating in the reduction of stigma associated with substance misuse disorder;
- recognizing and responding appropriately to an overdose.