Purdue Extension Addressing Opioid Crisis

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Purdue Extension is joining the fight against opioid addiction. The organization, which has offices in every Indiana county, has launched a website to provide information on community-based education programs and resources regarding opioids available to Hoosiers throughout the state.

The website details Purdue Extension's initiatives, including the Strengthening Families Program, which aims to help parents and children stop behaviors that could lead to substance abuse before they start.

"We are dedicated to developing partnerships throughout the state to serve as a proactive, preventive and positive force in tackling this complex issue," said Angela Abbott, associate director of Purdue Extension. "Parents want to protect their children, but it’s challenging. Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use."

The website also details the team of certified Mental Health First Aid facilitators who can help those experiencing a mental health crisis or are dealing with substance abuse disorders. It also offers access to other resources, including webinars, videos and printed materials.

You can learn more about Purdue Extension's opioid abuse prevention efforts by clicking here.

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