Resources for EDUCATORS

What You’ll Find Here

Research to Practice
Tools to make sure our prevention work is effective and that you’re updated on the latest information to impact how and what you teach

Curricula for Teaching
Existing and Marin County-created lessons for use in the classroom

Other Resources
Helpful resources to support your teaching and gain familiarity with Marin County substance use services and organizations

Marin County’s teen substance use rates are among the highest in California

Graphic showing 49% increase in Marin 11th graders substance us
Source: California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) 2017-18

But there is a growing movement among Marin County educators, nonprofits, public health professionals, parents, and most importantly students, to collaboratively address the risks posed by substance use.

This resource hub is grounded in collaborative work under the leadership of OD Free Marin at Marin County’s Health and Human Services, and it contains resources that have been vetted by public health professionals and Marin County educators, for use by high school educators and educational leadership.

Research to Practice

screenshot of document: Doing What Works:  A Tool for Selecting, Adapting and Designing
Substance Use Prevention Curriculum in Marin County

Tool for Selecting, Adapting, Designing Curriculum
(using research!)

This toolkit explains what we know about what makes substance use curriculum a success. It also includes an assessment tool for selecting, adapting, or designing an effective curriculum.

Curricula for Teaching

The following curricula has been viewed and vetted by public health and education professionals, as well as students in Marin County. More will be added throughout the year.

Safety First

Safety First: A Comprehensive, Harm Reduction Based Drug Intervention Curriculum

Safety First is made up of 13 lessons on alcohol, opioids/fentanyl, psychedelics, and other drugs. The purpose of all of our curriculums is to encourage youth to abstain from use, but this curriculum also includes a clear harm-reduction message for youth who are experimenting or using, to provide high school students with scientifically accurate information to empower them to quit and/or reduce harm, should they choose to continue to use.

The New Drug Talk

girl sitting on a couch listening intently

Fentanyl has changed the drug landscape, and we have to change how we talk to kids about it.

This site provides education, free tools, and expert advice to help California families connect and stay safe.

Fake & Fatal: One Pill Can Kill

Fake & Fatal: One Pill Can Kill

A lesson on fentanyl and opioids, with resources borrowed from Song for Charlie.

San Rafael High School’s Health Class

San Rafael High School SHRS) mascot illustration / logo

SRHS has combined elements of Safety First with additional resources to create a 10-day curriculum blending prevention and harm reduction for their students that includes SPANISH language slide content.

Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit

Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Toolkit logo

Stanford’s Cannabis Prevention & Awareness Curriculum includes 5 lessons, each providing activities, online quiz games, and worksheets in addition to presentations, resources, and other materials aimed at addressing key factors associated with youth cannabis use, including changing adolescents’ attitudes towards and misperceptions about cannabis; increasing their refusal skills to pulls of marketing and social media; reducing stress and depression which have been linked to cannabis initiation and use; improving coping skills; and decreasing intentions and actual use of all cannabis products.

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit logo

You’ll find tobacco and cannabis curriculum here, including adaptations given:

  • How much time you have to teach
  • Methods for teaching, including independently paced digital options
  • Target population, including intervention for youth who are already experimenting

Other Resources

Fentanyl and fake pills: what educators need to know

Fentanyl and Fake Pills: What Educators Need to Know (slideshow)

Marin County Office of Education and OD Free Marin collaborated on a presentation for educators on Fentanyl and Fake Pills. The presentation contains the following:

Information on what fentanyl and counterfeit pills are
How fentanyl is affecting Marin County
What is Narcan®/Naloxone
Local Resources to help educate students and each other

Please feel free to make a copy of the slideshow.