In Our Backyard: The Opioid and Heroin Crisis

Audience: Students in Grades 7-12, Parents, Educators

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**Please note that while every effort has been made to keep this content age-appropriate, due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we do not recommend that viewers under 12 be permitted to view the video without prior screening and determination by an adult.**

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Opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. This crisis impacts all communities regardless of race, religion, gender, and age.

This program explains how opioids impact the brain and body, how people become addicted to opioids and heroin, who is most vulnerable to addiction, and ways to prevent addiction. Interviews with addicts in recovery, medical and counseling personnel, parents and law enforcement professionals provide a powerful message about the devastating impact of opioids on families and their communities. The program also explores the resources available, where to turn for help, and the power of hope.  

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