Ohio Superintendents Urged to Share Overdose-Fighting Tools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Top state officials in Ohio are urging school superintendents to make resources for combatting drug abuse, addiction and overdose known in their communities.

Letters signed by Gov. John Kasich, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio House and Senate leaders of both parties arrived on district leaders’ desks recently. They ask superintendents to help with the deadly opioid epidemic facing the state by disseminating information on available tools to teachers, counselors and parents.

Specifically, the May 27 letter discusses StartTalking!, a simple initiative aimed at encouraging teachers, parents and mentors to talk to students about drugs and the risks associated with abuse.

The educational toolkit GenerationRx, which includes age-appropriate lesson plans developed by Ohio State University and Cardinal Health Foundation, is also mentioned.