Substance Abuse – School Presentations
 
Substance use disorder and the opioid abuse epidemic is a problem affecting all Colorado communities. In an effort to educate students about the consequences of abuse, the Denver Cherry Creek Rotary Club has helped sponsor several educational events regarding substance abuse at local middle and high schools, with the  help of the Colorado Consortium for the Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse,  Rise Above Colorado and SAFE Project (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic). We hope to expand the outreach to as many area middle and high schools as possible. To that end we are working with SAFE Project and their outreach director Dylan Dunn. Dylan is located in Denver and has developed a protocol for presentations in local schools.
 
 
 
 
More specifically, the program:
 
  - is delivered within the school’s existing curriculum and schedule, usually in a health or PE class
  - is a one-hour informal discussion which encouraging feedback, comments and questions
  - is tailored to the school’s culture, with regards to students, faculty and families
  - is presented at no charge and requires no additional work from teachers/staff
 
We need more Rotarians to help us to expand this program to a variety of school in our area. Do you have contacts, colleagues or associates who could introduce this easy to implement program to middle schools, high schools and youth groups in our district? 
 
With Rotary's help and connections we could expand the networks of schools involved. Substance abuse, including alcohol, marijuana, prescription and illicit drugs is a real and serious problem affecting our youth. Meaningful discussions in a safe environment can play an important role in addressing this issue.