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Opioid Prevention Education Project (OPEP)

Project Overview

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the ongoing national opioid crisis. This crisis is currently affecting millions of Americans, including many New Yorkers. In response to this crisis, the New York State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System implemented the Opioid Prevention Education Project (OPEP), and received funding from the Federal Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The project expands training related to opioid diagnosis, use, treatment and prevention for current health professionals, future practitioners, and the general population in New York State. The Opioid Prevention Education Project focuses on two key components: (1) High School and College Student Awareness, and (2) Community Engagement and Outreach. R-AHEC offers educational events for community members and students to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic, contributes to prevention efforts, and provides resources for communities.

Community Engagement and Outreach:

In collaboration with local community partners, R-AHEC will coordinate community engagement and outreach efforts addressing opioid substance abuse, prevention, and available treatments. These events will include qualified guest speakers and presenting, such as addiction specialists, counselors, and community health workers. Each event will provide regional resources for community members.


High School and College Student Awareness:

In collaboration with local educational partners, coordinate outreach events addressing opioid misuse, abuse, prevention, stigma, and treatment for current college and high school students.

Upcoming Events:

2024 Older Adults & Opioids Webinar Series

Aging, the Opioid Epidemic, and Care Considerations for Native Communities
  • Presenters: Savannah Gene, CHES, Program Director for the Community Health Education Resiliency Program, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, and Benjamin H. Nguyễn, MSW, LCSW, CPH, Public Mental Health Consultant; Private Practice Psychotherapist; Managing Director, Westside Pacific Villages
  • Date: Tuesday May 21, 2024, 12pm —1pm ET 
Opioid Overdose Prevention – Narcan Training (with free Narcan kit)
  • Presenter: Charlotte Crawford, RN, MSN, MBA, Consultant
  • Date: Friday June 14, 2024, 12pm—1pm ET

Registration link

Registration Flyer2024 Flyer

For more information please call us at 585-786-6275.

Educating providers, students, and communities to combat the opioid epidemic across New York State.