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about DRUG-FREE living.

Operation Prevention is an initiative brought to you by the DEA and Discovery Education to educate elementary, middle and high school students about the true impacts of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.

Operation Prevention is an initiative brought to you by the DEA and Discovery Education to educate middle and high school students about the true impacts of prescription opioids misuse and heroin use.

About the Program

The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.

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Classroom Resources

Operation Prevention's classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce students to the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body, and a discussion guide offers parents support for continuing the conversation at home.

Elementary School Lesson (New)

Explore the basics

How do medications work in our bodies, and why is it so important to use them responsibly? Follow medication on a path through the body to investigate how they make us feel better with responsible use.

Middle School Lesson

Start the conversation early

How do addiction and withdrawal affect the body's many systems? Students examine how drug use alters the mind and body and reinforces their understanding by creating a peer-to-peer social media campaign.

High School Lesson

Get the facts

Separate fact from fiction with this classroom-ready digital lesson. Through investigation and hands-on activities, students learn the science behind prescription opioid and heroin addiction, overdose, and withdrawal.

Parent Toolkit (Updated)

Provide support at home

Parents can join the conversation with this family discussion starter. Additional information on the warning signs of prescription opioid misuse and a guide to prevention and intervention empower families to reach out.

Student Learning Module

Launch Module

The Science of Addiction
The Stories of Teens

Students become scientists in this powerful digital learning experience. Investigate the science of addiction and the impacts of heroin and prescription opioids on the brain and body through a self-paced scientific exploration.
Educator Guide

Virtual Field Trip Archive

Take your students on a live virtual journey to the DEA’s Special Testing’s Lab. During this powerful forum students will get the unfiltered facts about drugs and addiction and have their questions answered by top DEA agents and scientists.

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Video Challenge

The winners of the 2017 Operation Prevention Video Challenge have been announced.

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