The Opioid Crisis and K-12 Schools: Impact and Response

Event Date: 
April 26, 2018 -
03:00pm to 04:15pm

This webinar was hosted by the U. S. Department of Education (Department), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students with the support of its National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments. It provided details on how the opioid crisis affects students and families along with insights into practices and policies that can help address the opioid crisis in schools.

It was designed for State-, district-, and building-level administrators, teachers, and specialized instructional support personnel interested in effective support of students and families impacted by the opioid crisis.

The webinar includes national, State, and local perspectives.

  • Opening remarks were provided by Jason Botel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Delegated the Authority to Perform the Functions and Duties of Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, provided an overview of the opioid crisis including history, demographics, and how brain science can inform school drug prevention activities. 
  • Reginald Burke, Director, Youth Development Branch, Maryland State Department of Education, shared Maryland’s Statewide effort and their multi-tiered response to the opioid crisis at the practice and policy levels.
  • McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, Project Director of Laconia, New Hampshire’s School Climate Transformation and Safe Schools/Healthy Students grants and Grants Administrator of Laconia’s Office of Student Wellness, shared her district’s comprehensive response to the opioid crisis, including the realities of the crisis and student/family considerations.

Archived Materials

Presenter Bios

Jason Botel, U.S. Department of Education
Jason Botel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Delegated the Authority to Perform the Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. Jason first began his service at the Department of Education in the role of Senior White House Advisor for Education. Botel started his career teaching at Booker T. Washington Middle School in West Baltimore as a Teach For America corps member and went on to serve as founding principal and executive director of KIPP Baltimore. Most recently, he was the executive director of MarylandCAN. Botel holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from National-Louis University.

Dr. Wilson M. Compton, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. Wilson M. Compton serves as the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health. In his current role, Dr. Compton works with the Director to provide scientific leadership in the development, implementation, and management of NIDA’s scientific programs. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Compton served as the Director of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research from 2002 until 2013, where he oversaw the scientific direction of a complex public health research program of national and international scope addressing: 1) the extent and spread of drug abuse, 2) preventing drug abuse, and 3) implementing drug abuse prevention and treatment services as effectively as possible. Before joining NIDA, Dr. Compton was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Master in Psychiatric Epidemiology Program at Washington University in Saint Louis as well as Medical Director of Addiction Services at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis. Dr. Compton received his undergraduate education from Amherst College. He attended medical school and completed psychiatric residency at Washington University. During his career, Dr. Compton has achieved multiple scientific accomplishments: he was selected to serve as a member of the DSM-5 Revision Task Force; is the author of more than 150 articles and chapters; and is an invited speaker at multiple high-impact venues. Dr. Compton is the recipient of multiple awards; for example, in 2008, he received the Senior Scholar Health Services Research Award from the American Psychiatric Association, in 2010 the Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association, in both 2012 and 2013, he was selected to receive the Leveraging Collaboration Award from the Food and Drug Administration, and in 2013 and 2015, Dr. Compton received the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Awards for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service.

Reginald Burke, Maryland State Department of Education
Reginald Burke is the Director of the Youth Development Branch at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and serves as the Education Branch lead on the Governor’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC). Mr. Burke also served as the Project Director for the Maryland Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education initiative aimed at improving the delivery of mental health services and supports to children and youth in schools and communities. Prior to joining the MSDE, Mr. Burke was the Director of the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant designed to support District of Columbia Schools in improving school climate and safety, and increasing the delivery of mental health services to children and youth. During his 22 years as an educator, including 12 years as a principal and assistant principal in the District of Columbia Public Schools, he developed effective programs and strategies to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. Throughout his career, he has provided training and technical assistance in the implementation of evidence-based programs, communicated with school and community leaders in order to foster citywide relationships and interagency linkages, facilitated program and community meetings, and consulted with school staff and leadership to develop conducive and supportive educational environments.

McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, Laconia, NH School District
McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, Administrator of the Laconia School District’s Office of School Wellness, has worked in the Laconia School District for the last four years. Her work supports students, staff, and families in the areas of social, emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical health from early childhood through high school graduation. Prior to coming to Laconia, she worked as an Education Consultant at the NH Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, where she worked for eight years. She has a M.Ed., is currently working on her Ed.D., and is a mother of three children.

For more information, go to illustrates the magnitude of the opioid crisis and actions the Trump Administration is taking to address it.

For questions regarding the content presented in the webinar, email