Last year, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses — a death toll higher than the peak yearly death totals for H.I.V., motor vehicle accidents or homicides.

Now, schools in Maryland are bracing for the local impact. Some are stocking up on naloxone, a medication which is used to block the effects of opioids and prevent fatal overdoses.

In Anne Arundel County, a reboot of the program known as Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., is returning to four middle schools.

So, what’s really effective in preventing and treating drug abuse? We’ll speak to local experts about how they’re combating the crisis — starting with schools.


  • Karen Siska-Creel Director of Nursing for School Health, Anne Arundel County
  • Brendan Saloner Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Josephine Urrea Student School Board Member, Anne Arundel County

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