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File #: Res 0197-2018    Version: * Name: DOE to include drug awareness education concerning opioids in the school curriculum.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction
On agenda: 3/7/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to include drug awareness education concerning opioids in the school curriculum.
Sponsors: Justin L. Brannan, Robert F. Holden, Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 2/27/18, 2. Hearing Testimony 2/27/18, 3. Hearing Testimony 2/27/18 (Con't), 4. Hearing Transcript 2/27/18, 5. March 7, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 6. Committee Report 6/5/18, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/5/18, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-7-18, 9. Minutes of the Recessed Stated Meeting - June 7, 2018, 10. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 7, 2018

Res. No. 197

 

Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to include drug awareness education concerning opioids in the school curriculum.

 

By Council Members Brannan, Holden and Kallos

 

Whereas, According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are drugs that include heroin, certain legally prescribed pain relievers, and synthetic opioids; and

Whereas, The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that more than 80 percent of drug overdose deaths from January 2017 to July 2017 included opioid use; and

Whereas, As the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes, drug consumption at an early age is a predictive factor of the development of a substance addiction, and most individuals with a substance use disorder began using substances prior to age 18; and

Whereas, The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration acknowledged that one out of four teenagers believe prescription drugs can be taken to assist with studying, and according to a media source, some teenagers misuse prescription opioids because they believe it will help them with their school work; and

Whereas, As reported by the New York Daily News, in 2017, the Realization Center, an addiction treatment program in New York City, observed that they were treating almost double the amount of high school students for drug addiction at the time than in previous years, including drug addictions to opioids; and 

Whereas, Data from the New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2015 shows that 7 percent of New York City high school students misused prescription opioid analgesics, and 3 percent of youth reported that they had used heroin previously; and

Whereas, The use of opioids can be life threatening for teens, and research conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2015, drug overdoses for youth ages 15-19, nationwide, were highest for opioid usage; and

Whereas, Research based interventions such as social supports and educational activities can help prevent early misusage of drugs, and numerous school districts across the country have adopted health curriculums that address the misuse of opioids among youth; and 

Whereas, New York City’s Department of Education contracts with the HealthSmart program to provide health education to middle school and high school students; and

Whereas, While HealthSmart includes information about drug addiction, the middle school and high school curricula fail to provide minimal information about opioid addiction; and

Whereas, It is imperative that New York City students are informed about the risk factors and preventative measures concerning opioid usage, especially at a time in which there is a growing opioid crisis; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York City Department of Education to include drug awareness education concerning opioids in the school curriculum.

 

 

 

 

LS # 5393

2/5/18

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