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Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA Headquarters

October 07, 2020

Contact: National Media Affairs Office

Phone Number: (202) 307-7977

DEA and Discovery Education launch expansion of Operation Prevention

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education have expanded Operation Prevention, a joint effort to curb drug use among students by educating them about the dangers of abuse.  In response to growing demand, new modules launched last night build on the original student curriculum, which is geared toward elementary and middle schools students.  These new lessons educate young people about the effects of a wider range of drugs and pharmaceuticals on the human body. 

Operation Prevention will host a webinar for educators on October 14 to review the existing curriculum, and showcase the new multi-drug curriculum with a video topic series and activities for grades 3-8, and tips for implementing them within the existing Operation Prevention resources.  Educators can register here.

“The first line in prevention is always education,” said Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea. “By reaching out to youths, presenting them with information to expand their base of knowledge about drugs and drug abuse, we can stem the future tide of misuse, abuse, overdose, and death.  If we reach just one child and prevent even one death through this program, we will consider it a success.”

DEA and Discovery Education launched Operation Prevention in 2016 as a three year program for middle and high school students with lessons centered on the dangers of opioid prescription drug abuse.  The DEA-funded program was soon expanded to add elementary and Spanish-speaking students.  A second expansion added a workplace module to allow businesses to access this important information.  The program continues to evolve with a module for Native American/Alaskan Natives in the planning stages.

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