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GSLAC Announces Efforts to Educate Scouts on Dangers of Opioid Use

October 28, 2019

As a commitment to a preventative approach to the growing drug abuse issue, The Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America is excited to announce a collaboration with educators from SIUE School of Pharmacy and the Meridian Society to develop and implement a drugs of abuse prevention program offered to adolescence.  The Greater St. Louis Area Council will offer this program to the Scouts with the ideal grade levels of 6th to 8th grade.  This program can be utilized for older Scouts but due to nature of the material, it will cover it at an age appropriate level. The modules are completed on line at http://siuecoepe.org. Upon completion of the program, the Scout will be able to order the patch on-line showing that he or she have completed the program.

For more information, visit https://siuecoepe.org

The unit Leaders have two options to present the program;

OPTION 1: Self Study of Modules Prior to Troop Meeting
In order to obtain the Substance Abuse Awareness patch, the scout is required to present the following items to the Troop leader.  The leader will validate that completion was obtained and order the patch online.

OPTION 2: Modules viewed during Troop Sessions/Meetings
Recommendation is to host the viewing of modules over 3-4 sessions/meeting in order to obtain the Substance Abuse Awareness patch, the scout is required to present the following items to the Troop leader.  The leader will validate that completion was obtained and order the patch online.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a national survey administered every two years to representative samples of 9th- to 12-grade students. In 2017, survey results indicated roughly 60% of students had consumed at least one alcoholic drink in their lifetime. The present rate (defined as at least one drink in the previous 30 days) of alcohol use among high school students is 29.9%. Fourteen percent of students surveyed, reported they took a prescription pain medication (codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone) without a prescription or took the prescription differently than prescribed. Other national surveys support the same reporting trends.

Handbook: https://siuecoepe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Substance-Abuse-Awareness-Patch-Troop-Leader-Handbook.pdf