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

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

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

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