A series of lessons on the dangers of opioids will be taught in Coweta public high school classrooms this spring, and the curriculum is also available to home and private school students.
The Coweta Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has purchased the rights to the Heroin and Prescription Painkillers curriculum prepared by Hazelden, an organization that publishes educational materials on drug addiction and operates drug treatment facilities.
The coalition, which includes representatives from the Coweta County School System, has been working over the past several months to launch the curriculum in high school health classes. Now that work is substantially complete, and the curriculum team has discussed ways to get the information in the hands of more Coweta youths.
Evan Horton, director of student services for the school system, said he and Bill Larkey of Celebrate Recovery are still trying to hammer out how to get the word out to homeschool groups and private schools.
“It’s a little bit of a challenge. I don’t really know the homeschool side of things,” Horton said at a recent CSAP meeting.
CSAP’s other outreach to students, known as the SPF-RX program, is through West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia.
That group is building its youth team and working on its pre- and post-surveys for peer presenters, who will go into classrooms and onto campuses to give presentations on the dangers of opioids, said Tonya Whitlock of WGTC.
There will be training sessions for the peer leaders in February.
For more information on getting the opioid curriculum for your private or homeschool student, contact AV Pride at 770-716-2797 or contact CSAP Program Coordinator Beverly McCray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-275-5657.