As teachers, administrators, operations and other support staff begin the return to school this fall, it’s important that everyone’s health is being considered. The Operation Prevention program, created in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education, now offers a four-part digital module series to educate professionals in the workplace about the opioid epidemic and provide resources for prevention.
Across the United States, 75 percent of employers report negative impacts in the workplace due to opioid misuse. Yet, only 17 percent feel prepared to address the growing issue. To help solve the problem, the Drug Enforcement Administration partnered with Discovery Education to create Operation Prevention–an award-winning, nationwide program educating students, families, and professionals about the science behind addiction while promoting lifesaving discussions in the home, classroom, and workplace.
The new interactive four-part workplace module series builds on the success of Operation Prevention in homes and schools by providing workplaces across the United States with no-cost, self-paced resources focused on treatment seeking activities, resource location, effective communication, and more.
“Opioid misuse threatens the whole country, from the living room to the classroom to the workplace,” said Sean Fearns, Chief of Community Outreach and Prevention Support at DEA. “Opioid misuse prevention and education at all levels and stages of life is essential to a healthy society. The Drug Enforcement Administration is proud to launch the new workplace educational modules in partnership with Discovery Education to expand our prevention efforts to reach professional environments nationwide.”
“At Discovery Education, we share the DEA’s passion for abating the opioid epidemic. By providing comprehensive, no-cost resources to employees and employers alike, Operation Prevention empowers all to understand the science behind addiction and how to seek out the resources for prevention,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education.
Operation Prevention program resources for grades K-12 include new culture-based resources that use the wisdom of Native practices of wellness combined with the insights of modern science to help Native and non-Native students avoid the dangers of substance misuse.