Tools for the Education Community

NEW:  Trifold for Coaches: "Being the MVP" Information for situations dealing with

substance use and the disease of addiction among youth athletes

Compilation of PA School Discipline Laws and Regulations--see page 49 for D&A.

DEA's "Operation Prevention"/HOPE Initiative: Download the tri-fold here. Piloted by Norwin School District last year, Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. Download a flyer, then learn more here.


Director Tim Phillips is available to provide technical assistance and facilitate community- and school-based outreach and education. Email Tim    724-830-3827

Drug Abuse in Athletes (why do athletes abuse drugs, types of drugs of abuse, effects of abuse in athletes, more. )

EPIS Center video series presents background information about the substance use epidemic and outlines strategies for effective prevention. Teachers, human service professionals, and parents can access training via two web-based platforms, at no cost.  

 Prevention 101 is a 5-part video series that explores the foundations of collegiate substance misuse prevention.  It is designed for new prevention professionals.


CSAY is the Council on Substance Abuse and Youth. Read an article on their 2017 Youth Summit.

Discovery Education's Operation Prevention is a project of the Pittsburgh office of the FBI. (Heroin Outreach PreventionEducation)

Latrobe Area High School (LAHS) hosts monthly "Conversations with the Superintendent and Special Guests." Call (724) 539-4225 to find out details for this months Conversation.

Mount Pleasant Area Drug Awareness, Inc. hosts Reality Tour and other events in their area. Read an article about the project.

NIDA Assessment and Treatment of Adolescent Marijuana Abuse and Dependence    

 Self-paced, one hour, online course. Learn: 

  • Why do some adolescents use marijuana when others don’t?

  • How can we speak to young people about substance use and connect them with appropriate care?

  • How  to identify the relationship between adolescents and sensation seeking/impulsivity. 


Norwin School Districts' Operation Prevention

Norwin School District's Naloxone Policy: Norwin School District trains its school nurses in pre-hospital administration of nasal naloxone; establishes and maintains...Read more. 

Operation Prevention's Video Challenge shorts are conversation starters appropriate for the classroom or family discussion. Produced by students, they have a fresh perspective.

Reality Tour by Candle, Inc.  Drug prevention awareness education for middle school students and their parents.


Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects provides community and school-based prevention programs throughout  Westmoreland County.   Donna Keane or call 724-805-2050

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention

  • Training workshops for  K-12 teachers and administrators a on current ATOD prevention information, techniques and processes.

  • Preschool Curricula designed to establish a foundation of positive life-skills 

  • Community prevention programs on the development and/or enhancement of parenting and nurturing skills, and the special needs of at-risk children.

What You Should Know About Marijuana Concentrates 

DEA resource for educators and parents

Westmoreland County's Behavioral Health Department administers the Student Assistance Program (SAP) within the secondary school setting in partnership with the drug and alcohol program. The program provides identification and early intervention for youth at risk for either mental health or drug and alcohol problems. Contact Renee  Dadey  at or call 724-830-3097 for information.


Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission maintains a current listing of Treatment options for Westmoreland County residents.

Westmoreland Community Action's Prevention Program administers the Helpline and provides resources and speakers for community groups. Call them at 724-834-1260 x 133.

Project Lazarus has a fact sheet for the Education community. See page 89-92 of their Community Toolkit.











The Fun Dip Demo of Drug Addiction and Neural Plasticity: Dr. Erick Lauber

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Resources for Coaches

Football Team Coach

Drug Abuse in Athletes
by Emily Guarnotta, PsyD    

Coaches: How To Identify Substance Abuse Among Athletes

NCAA Student Athlete Substance Use Report 2018

Saint Joseph Univesity Alcohol and Drug booklet for Student Athletes