NH's opioid crisis adds urgency to drug prevention education
CONCORD (AP) - As New Hampshire considers mandatory drug prevention education in all grades, the state's opioid crisis has heightened the sense of urgency for existing programs that largely target teens.
A proposal to require at least two hours yearly of age-appropriate drug and alcohol education for students in kindergarten through fourth grade and a minimum of four hours each year for older students was among the bills lawmakers took up this session. They're now reconciling the Senate version — which removed the minimum hours of instruction — and the House version, which encourages, but wouldn't require, schools to provide such instruction.
Twenty-eight middle and high schools currently have programs based on a model called Project SUCCESS, which stands for "Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students."