Needless to say, over the past decade, our country has been plagued by a multitude of problems, from the growing trend of LSD microdosing (now popular in professional circles), the steady black market trade of marijuana, and (obviously) the horrible public health crisis called the Opioid Epidemic. With prescription opioids, heroin, and other harmful drugs free-flowing through society, what can we do to make sure future generations do not become involved in our failures? In short, get them involved in the fight. At least, that is what the Drug Enforcement Agency and Discovery Education have done through the creation of Operation Prevention program. Now, high school students have the chance to shed light on the painful and terrifying realities of drug addiction through creative writing and filmmaking. In light of the DEA’s announcement of 2019 enrollment, let’s take a closer look at how U.S. teens are opening the public’s eyes to these terrible truths.

What Is Operation Prevention?

DEA ANNOUNCES ENROLLMENT FOR 2019 OPERATION PREVENTION VIDEO CHALLENGEThrough its partnership with Discovery Education, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) created the no-cost program Operation Prevention to create awareness for the dreadful Opioid Crisis. Overall, the program offers a variety of electronic resources ranging from virtual field trips, resources for parents, classroom tools for grade K-12, and bilingual packages (English and Spanish) all related to education about opioids and heroin. Since its creation, Operation Prevention has gathered a following of 2 million students across the United States. Additional supporters include the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Introducing the Video Challenge

As part of the Operation Prevention program, the DEA holds an annual video contest that offers young students (at least 13 years old, grades 9-12) from a variety of schools (public, private, parochial, and home) to provide a groundbreaking message to their peers about the dangerous of opioid abuse and addiction. For the contest, the students must create a 30-60 second public service announcement. Winners will win a $100,000 scholarship. All the contestants need to do is sign up, create the video, and post it on YouTube (very simple).

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