Youth substance use prevention education and harm reduction
Youth overdose deaths continue to rise, despite a decline in youth substance use. This webinar will discuss Safety First, a comprehensive school-based curriculum created to educate youth about substance use that includes prevention and harm reduction messaging. Safety First was originally created by the Drug Policy Alliance and has since been substantially revised and is now led by the REACH Lab at Stanford, overseen by Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher.
The purpose of Safety First is to encourage youth to abstain from use, but this curriculum also includes a clear harm-reduction message for youth who are experimenting or using, and provides students with scientifically accurate information to empower them to quit and/or reduce harm, should they choose to continue to use.