The U.S. Department of Education (the Department), Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center hosted a webinar on the topic of opioids, drug-related emergencies, and substance abuse prevention. During the 90-minute webinar, the REMS TA Center shared information on planning for opioid and drug-related emergencies and substance abuse prevention and review why this topic is important to consider in all settings and at all times, especially in the current context of ensuring school safety at home. Dr. Sycarah Fisher from the University of Georgia provided an overview of adolescent mental health and substance use and highlight school-based prevention and intervention methods. The Department then provided a snapshot of resources to help prevent and reduce youth drug and substance use. This event also featured a dedicated question-and-answer session during which time presenters will field questions from participants.
Presenters included the following:
- Dr. Sycarah Fisher, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psycyhology, University of Georgia;
- Elyse Robertson, Education Program Specialist, OSSS, U.S. Department of Education; and
- Alison Curtis, Director of Information and Product Management, REMS TA Center.