Opioid education a priority for Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania

Chambersburg school leaders and community members discussed actions being taken to spread opioid education across the local school systems.

Executive Deputy Secretary David Volkman from the Pennsylvania Department of Education sat in on a roundtable discussion at Chambersburg Middle School South.

Representatives from the Franklin County task force also took part in explaining different methods they use to teach both adults and children about opioid awareness.

According to Volkman, there is a requirement in which students should be exposed to opioid education. 

“We’re here as part of the educational journey to talk to our children about (opioid education). We did pass a piece of legislation about it back in 2017 that requires all students in grades 6-12 to have exposure to materials relative to the opioid crisis,” Volkman said.

The discussion was a part of Governor Tom Wolf administration’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week”, to learn how the community and district are working together to educate students on the dangers of opioid addiction.

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