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Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

Most substance abuse begins before the age of 20.  Given this statistic it is critical that schools and parents take an active role in educating our youth about substance abuse through prevention programs and education.  Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) supports Districts in implementing prevention programs and education for our youth and families.
Below is a video created by OCDE for parents on how you can assist in educating yourself and your child(ren) about substance abuse.  There are also links to several additional resources available for parents.
Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Resources
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Fight Against Fentanyl
Fatal drug overdoses have surged in recent years, driven by the explosion of a synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. What makes fentanyl so dangerous is its potency and the fact that many of its victims have no idea they’re even taking fentanyl.  Fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and roughly 100 times more powerful than morphine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While it targets the parts of the brain that control pain and emotions, its effects can include drowsiness, nausea, confusion, respiratory depression and arrest, unconsciousness and death.
Below is a flyer that contains "Five Things Families Need To Know About Fentanyl And Fake Pills."