Opioid Addiction Curriculum: Operation Prevention

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Discovery Education have created Operation Prevention's classroom resources, which provides educators with curriculum aligned to national health and science standards. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce learners to the science behind opioids, and their impact on the brain and body.  Operation Prevention has reached over 1M individuals nationwide, and is available in English and Spanish. While its primary audience is K-12 learners, the high school curriculum is also applicable to adult education populations. 

Is the opioid crisis impacting learners in your communities?  If so, what are you doing to help educate learners about the risks of addiction?


Mike Cruse

Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes Moderator




Thanks for posting a link to these instructional resources, Mike. The materials look excellent. It's hard to think of a more relevant topic these days. Educators can play a key role in the changes we need.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP

Researchers often document that individuals with a disability versus those without a disability are more likely to have a substance abuse problem and less likely to get effective treatment. The U.S. Department of Labor's, Employment Training Administration has announced the availability of up to $21 million for demonstration grant projects for Program Year 2017. These grants will enable eligible applicants to serve or retrain workers in communities impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

ETA is launching a two-phase, multi-year approach, utilizing grant funds to combat the economic and workforce impacts associated with the opioid health crisis, as well as encourage more individuals to enter professions that could address the crisis. The first phase is the demonstration project being announced with this advisory. The agency plans to conduct a second phase in Program Year 2018, pending availability of funds.

The agency anticipates awarding grants to 7 to 10 demonstration projects, with anticipated funding amounts between $500,000 and $5 million each. No award will exceed $5 million. The final amount of each grant is dependent on the number of applicants and the availability of Federal funds.