City school kids would get materials warning of the dangers of opioids under a new bill proposed in the City Council.
The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Justin Brannan, would require the city to draw up pamphlets on the heroin and prescription drug crisis aimed at middle and high school students.
City schools would hand out the educational materials to kids in sixth through 12th grade at the beginning of each academic year.
“Kids are pretty smart. Unfortunately, right now some just don’t know how easy it is to get hooked or how misusing prescription drugs can send them very quickly down a very dark path. If we provide the right information, I have no doubt it will save some lives,” Brannan (D-Brooklyn) said.
He is also backing a resolution asking the Department of Education to include opioid awareness in the formal school curriculum.
Kids now get anti-drug lessons as part of the health classes they are required to take, DOE says.
“Through drug use prevention lessons included in the comprehensive health education that students receive, we are providing them with the skills and foundation necessary to make healthy choices throughout their lives,” said spokesman Doug Cohen.
The measures are part of a package of bills on opioid abuse that are being fast-tracked to a hearing Tuesday.
Another bill would legally require the city to offer classes for the general public on using overdose-reversing naloxone, which the Health Department has already begun to host.
Amid reports of rising prescription drug abuse by city students, separate legislation was introduced last summer to require public schools to stock the anti-overdose kits.