Information for Educators & Teachers
The West Virginia Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness has been specifically designed for middle and high school students. This is a free of charge school event and is not open to the public. Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Please contact Tricia Raynard at 617-912-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this information with your colleagues:
Who Should Register:
- This is a free of charge school event and is not open to the general public.
- The program is designed for students in grades 7 through 12. Registration should be done as a school, not individually. If an individual would like to register, they should reach out to their school.
- There is no limit on the number of students who can attend.
- Given the sensitive content of the program, we recommend that your school nurse and/or counselor accompany your school delegation to the Summit.
- Parents are welcome to attend with the school delegation. Please account for all participants when registering your school.
The West Virginia Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness will educate young people, educators and other adults about the growing opioid epidemic and encourage healthy decision-making. An essential ingredient to a solution is stopping the spread of addiction through a message of abstaining from experimentation – if less young people are experimenting with these highly addictive drugs, less will fall victim to this often-fatal disease of addiction. The program seeks to educate students, teachers, and parents about the dangers, warning signs, and effects of opioid abuse, and also connect them with resources to deal with opioid abuse. Most of all, the program aims to recognize and promote healthy choices and demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Register your school today for this important event!
- The program is free of charge.
- There will be a Resource/Exhibition Area for students both before and after the program that includes organizations dealing with opioid addiction and recovery as well as youth organizations offering positive and constructive extracurricular activities.
- NO BACKPACKS WILL BE PERMITTED IN THE ARENA.
- FOOD: Students are permitted to bring a bagged lunch to this event. Concessions inside the Arena will be open.
Know the Signs
Signs of opioid abuse or misuse may include:
- Abrupt changes in their finances
- Dramatic mood changes
- Lower grades, changes in friends, or changes in sleep or appetite
- Loss of concern about appearance
- Physical signs such as fatigue, confusion, weight loss, slurred speech, dizziness and changes in pupil size
Resources for More Information
- DEA 360 - Just Think Twice
- Operation Prevention
- West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, GET HELP NOW
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline (24/7 support):
- Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000 24 Hours/ 7 Days A Week
- Office of the West Virginia Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey - Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Hotline (24/7 support):
1-800-662-HELP (4357) and Treatment Locator
Information About Addiction and Drug Prevention
- Center for Disease Control
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- American Society of Addiction Medicine
- National Institute on Drug Abuse