Emily’s Hope is developing a prevention education curriculum for students K-12. Our curriculum is designed to teach children the effects of substances on the brain, body, and life, in order to promote healthy choices. Our lessons address the science, social, and health aspects of substance use, as well as dealing with difficult emotions and the wellness of the entire family. Our team of medical, education, and addiction specialists are committed to providing tools for schools to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the United States.
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UPDATE: The Emily’s Hope Education Committee has been working hard to complete our first pilot program, which will be tested in a third-grade classroom in Dell Rapids in the fall of 2022.
We are creating an evidence-based prevention curriculum to teach children about their brains and how to protect them, including staying away from substances that a doctor does not prescribe them.
Our committee comprises engaged teachers, school administrators, college professors, and even the only South Dakota physician to be triple board certified in adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine.
Our engaging and relevant curriculum is taking shape, and we can’t wait for students to learn this material!