Online education app aimed at teaching kids about drugs


ASHLEY: A NEW STATE PROGRAM IS FOCUSED ON KEEPING KIDS OFF OPIOIDS. 22NEWS REPORTER NICK ARESCO IS AT OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU TO EXPLAIN HOW THE NEW PROJECT USES ONLINE TOOLS. NICK: IT’S AN ONLINE EDUCATION APP TO HELP TEACH MIDDLE-SCHOOLERS ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE. MIDDLE-SCHOOLS ACROSS WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS WILL SOON LAUNCH AN ONLINE-APP TO HELP STUDENTS RECOGNIZE THEIR RISK FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE. IT HELPS THEM THINK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PERSONALITY THEY HAVE, HOW THEY HANDLE STRESS, HOW THEY INTERACT WITH PEOPLE. “PROJECT HERE” IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND INITIATIVE TO MAKE SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION EDUCATION AVAILABLE TO EVERY PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE STATE. THROUGH INTEGRATED IN-CLASSROOM AND MOBILE LEARNING EXPERIENCES, “PROJECT HERE” WILL EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT THE RISKS AND CONSEQUENCES OF USING OR EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS. THE APP FEATURES GAMES, QUIZZES AND SCENARIOS STUDENTS CAN USE TO NAVIGATE THROUGH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, AND MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS IN THE FUTURE. EASTHAMPTON IS AMONG THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE RECIEVED THE “PROJECT HERE” GRANT. IT’S PART OF A $2 MILLION PARTNERSHIP WITH ATTORNERY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY, TO TACKLE THE FIGHT AGAINST OPOID ADDICTION. REALLY WE ARE TRYING TO PREVENT ADDICTION. WE’VE BEEN DOING SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION WORK WITH THE YOUTH FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS. SO THE PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE DOING HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO WORK, WE JUST HAVE TO ENGAGE THE FAMILIES. NICK: THE ONLINE-APP IS NOT IN USE YET. SCHOOL OFFICALS HOPE IT WILL BECOME AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. NA, 22NEWS.

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