Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

RECORDING AVAILABLE: Youth Substance Use Prevention Education + Harm Reduction (Feb 13, 3pm PT)

Youth Substance Use Prevention Education & Harm Reduction, Feb 13, 3-4pm PT

The ADAI’s Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology & Research (CEDEER) hosted a webinar on February 13 (3-4pm PT) about a curriculum to help prevent youth overdose deaths. Watch the recording here!

Youth overdose deaths continue to rise due to fentanyl, despite a decline in youth substance use overall. This webinar will discuss Safety First, a comprehensive school-based curriculum created to educate youth about substance use that includes prevention and harm reduction messaging.

Safety First was originally created by the Drug Policy Alliance and has since been substantially revised and is now led by the REACH Lab at Stanford, overseen by Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher.

The purpose of Safety First 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, and provides students with scientifically accurate information to empower them to quit and/or reduce harm, should they choose to continue to use.


Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Professor and Founder/Director, REACH Lab, Stanford University
Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a developmental psychologist with additional training in adolescent and young adult health. Funded by the NIH and many foundations, her research has focused on understanding and reducing adolescent and young adult tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior.

Alexie Orr, Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement (FYRE)
Alexie is an advocate for youth and young adults at FYRE, a community-based nonprofit in rural Washington. Alexie is a certified Recovery Coach, Peer Counselor, and WSU alum. She directly applies harm reduction practices in her work with young people who are experimenting with drugs, in active use, and/or who are at risk of use

Find the recording and slides here!