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Furthermore, social media platforms and web-based applications will serve well, especially for young adults in high schools and colleges. This method should be fully integrated into the teaching curriculum and should be instructed as much as two 15-minute sessions per school week. Furthermore, health educators, nurses and other medical personnel with expertise will be encouraged to guest speak at schools and other education facilities to help strengthen these concepts. Drug prevention education for children and young adults who no longer attend school or attend via non-traditional pathways will also be made available. Certified volunteer health 5
educators and/or certified instructors can offer to teach non-enrolled student of all ages in the community about opioid drug prevention strategies. In addition, public health officials who are acquainted with opioid preventive measure may help to organize and assist in the training and roll out of this plan. It is important that people from various parts of the community be involved to engender responsibility, a sense of ownership, and to best tailor their knowledge back to their communities. For total inclusion, opioid awareness can be taught in various languages in and out of school settings to best ensure that the entire community is served properly. Furthermore, assistive listening and visual aid equipment will be used to capture an audience who may otherwise be overlooked. Furthermore, posters and billboards will be placed across specific and convenient locations across Southern California either briefly explaining the program or relayingtargeted information to citizens. These billboards can include clever messages or statistics regarding the hazards of opioid abuse/misuse. This harm reduction strategy will employ Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) as it best fits the policies enacted by the Los Angeles DEA and the educational material that will be made available. This planning model best fits this intervention program as most individuals who engage in illicit drug seeking behavior do so for negative coping skills and lack of perceived harm. The point of this effort is changing the attitude towards both prescribed and non-prescribeddrugs. The best way to positively alter an individual’s behavior is through positive reinforcement and reliable support. Helping to adjust one’s attitude towards a maladaptive behavior will ultimately influence how likely they are to abandon the behavior in exchange for a healthier one. Aside from managing individual pain, there is no other benefit of opioid-based drugs, therefore, the subject norm is very important. Social pressures help to influence attitudes and thusly their behaviors. For this reason, it is important that the entire community is on board with a unified 6