Operation Prevention

Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2021


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To combat America’s drug epidemic, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched a joint nationwide education initiative called “Operation Prevention.”

Designed for elementary, middle, and high school students, educators and parents nationwide, Operation Prevention is an important effort to educate students about the science behind drug addiction and its impact, with resources that help initiate lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.  This no-cost initiative will arm students with the tools they need to make smart, informed choices when they are prescribed or presented with the opportunity to experiment with opioids. Program materials include:

marijuana lesson graphicNEW: Multi-Drug Resources -  Operation Prevention started with a sole focus on opioids. Just recently, we launched a series of new lessons that educate young people (grades 3-8) about the effects of a wider range of drugs and pharmaceuticals on the human body.  Marijuana, steroids, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, and inhalants are covered. Check out the video lessons.



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Educator Lesson Plans Standards-aligned digital lesson plans bring powerful real-world context to science and health classrooms by equipping teachers with dynamic curricula on the science behind opioids’ physical and neurological effects. Companion instructor guides are also available to support educators as they integrate these lessons into classroom instruction. 

Interactive Student ResourcesA self-paced e-learning module combines video, animation and interactive elements to offer students an engaging learning experience that encourages them to investigate the impacts of opioids on the brain and body. Accompanying this module are pre-and-post-assessments as well as companion guides for educators and parents to utilize to best support students’ experience.

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Parent ToolkitDesigned to empower parents with knowledge and resources to begin lifesaving conversations, detect warning signs and take action, the Operation Prevention Parent Toolkit includes family discussion starters, a detailed guide of warning signs and what they mean, and prevention and intervention tools that allows parents to proactively take action through research-based strategies.

Workplace Resources  – Employers now have the opportunity to empower their staff and strengthen their organization with simple, no-cost workplace resources that give clarity to the opioid epidemic, including perspectives on science, health, society, and the legal system. 

Culture-based Prevention Resources –  With these resources, you can use the wisdom of Native practices of wellness combined with the insights of modern science to help Native and non-Native students avoid the dangers of substance misuse.


Visit the Operation Prevention website for more information and to access the program’s free resources. 

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