Red Ribbon Week: The Opioid Crisis

Red Ribbon Week is October 23 – 31, 2018. Join the commitment to raise awareness of the effects of drug use and help your students become educated about the risks. Discovery Education has partnered with Operation Prevention to provide resources for educators as they work with students around this sensitive but critically important topic. We recommend you use the Classroom Resources at Operation Prevention and the resources in your Discovery Education account, including virtual field trips and interactive resources that feature experts in the science of addiction and information about how young people can have a positive impact on the crisis.

Thank you for the work you do during Red Ribbon Week and every day to help students stay informed, safe, and healthy.

Featured Resource

Your students may dream of being a pro athlete, a scientist, or of just making good grades. No one dreams of becoming addicted to drugs, but all across America, students’ dreams are being derailed by opioids.
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP PREMIERE – Opioids: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science.
October 25, 2018 at 1 PM EDT
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Virtual Field Trip

No matter how it begins, recovery from addiction is a struggle. Join us for this virtual field trip premiere and give middle and high school students the information they need about how addiction can start and how real lives can be interrupted by opioids.


Join our educators and experts in these virtual field trips that educate students about the science of addiction and inspire them to lead the way to healthy communities.

The Science Behind Opioid Addiction: Virtual Field Trip
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [43:41]

This Operation Prevention virtual field trip explores the science of addiction to help middle and high school students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain and body. During this powerful forum, students get the unfiltered facts about drugs and addiction and had their questions answered by leading experts, including DEA agents and pharmacologists.

On the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Fighting Back: Virtual Field Trip
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [44:14]

Visits the community of Huntington, West Virginia as they bring to light their story of hope, healing, heart, and a hard-won stake against the national opioid epidemic Students meet Huntington’s Mayor, hear from students in recovery, and see firsthand how young people are leading the way to change the narrative in their schools and homes.


Operation Prevention: The Science of Addiction: The Stories of Teens
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Interactive

Explores the effects of opioid use on the brain and body. Tells the stories of three teenagers who struggled with opioid addiction.


Give your students a chance to discuss their thoughts and feelings about drug misuse by using the strategy Talking Sticks – video (Canadian Version) / Talking Sticks – PDF (Canadian Version). This strategy ensures that every student has the chance to talk and that there is a visual reminder to give the speaker the floor. Take care to arrange discussion groups however is necessary to ensure safety and respect among the students and staff. Have your students visit to find out more about the campaign and take the pledge!

Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.


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