Heroin Prevention Education

RCC’s Heroin Prevention Program engages learners and features multi-media activities including

Interactive Social Media Experience Demo Download sample lesson plan Download sample activity handout and worksheet Download sample Powerpoint presentation

RCC’s Heroin Prevention Program has been pilot-tested for two years eleven middle schools and high schools in the Chicago-area. For our evaluation reports, please click here. After participating in the program:

  • 93% of students reported they understood how heroin affected their brain and body
  • 87% of student participants said they knew how to protect themselves from heroin use
  • 90% could name at least three areas of their lives that would be better if they did not use heroin.

Why do schools need to teach this content & approach?

Heroin use is increasing nationwide:

  • 80% increase of young people trying heroin vs. 2002
    • 25% of those that try heroin become addicted
    • 50% of those that become addicted have a fatal overdose
    • 66 emergency room visits/admissions for every 1 heroin fatality
  • 90% of addiction starts in the teen years
  • 50% reduction in the risk of addiction with ongoing conversations about drugs
  • 12% of seniors in high school reported trying Vicodin or Oxycontin in the past year
    • 25% of students report that parents wouldn’t care as much if they were caught using prescription drugs vs. illegal drugs

Research shows today’s heroin users don’t know how dangerous heroin is or how easy it is to become addicted. A lack of community awareness and education fuels this crisis. Education substantially decreases the likelihood of abuse.

5 Reasons to Implement This Program

1. Current students, recovering heroin users, and science advisors reviewed the program to ensure it is scientifically accurate and relatable to teens.
2. Users can determine which content areas to focus on and which lessons to implement.
3. Customizable through school curriculum analysis.
4. Aligned to IL State Social Emotional Standards (SEL), National Health Education Standards (CDC), and Common Core Learning Standards.
5. Additional professional development opportunities available.


Heroin Program Webinar for Schools

See what RCC prevention education
can teach your students.

Watch the social media story of a
young person’s journey from
prescription pill abuse to heroin
addiction and overdose.

See what students and teachers
are saying.

RCC Heroin Prevention Program highlighted in Congress.

DuPage County Middle and High Schools click here.