Schools should be a safe place for students to learn and grow. Parents and educators can team up to protect students from opioid addiction. Schools can add a section to their websites with information on opioids. The information is not intended to frighten parents or their children, but to make them aware and well informed on the issue. Schools can get as specific as having addiction recovery resources listed, posting a picture of their student resource officer(s), information or instructions on confidential reporting, reminders to pick up medications at the end of the school year, and information on sports injuries and opioids, or be as generic as listing links to resources and writing a summary of the school’s policy on substance abuse.The Fargo Public School System in Fargo, North Dakota addresses the opioid epidemic on one of their student resource officer pages. They address the issue head on by explaining that opioids can be legal (prescription) or illegal (heroin), expressing how highly addictive the drugs are and giving links for the state of North Dakota's prevention website and the Center for Disease Control's website on fentanyl. Fargo Public Schools goes on to say that they will "continue preventive measures" and lets students and staff know who to contact at school when reporting substance abuse.
How can I do that?
Contact your local schools or school board to find out if they would be willing to post information to their website(s). Many schools are responsible for their own content, but would need time to consider and vote on the topic before changing their website.