Massachusetts has started requiring coaches, athletic directors and trainers, school nurses, parents, and students receive educational materials on how dangerous and addictive opioids can be. Materials are distributed to all student athletes prior to the start of their season. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to make a 7-page packet that highlights resources for addressing opioid misuse or addiction.
How can I do that?
Contact your state health department, local drug coalition, or state department of education to find out what next steps can be taken to get a program like this started in Tennessee.