Designing an instrument to assess school-based peer-to-peer heroin and opioid prevention program outcomes

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peer to peer , substance use prevention , addiction prevention , prevention programs , opioid education , heroin education , Alex's Story , Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY) , Student Showcase of Excellence 2017
Stanton, Rachel
Newbegin, Katherine
This study examines the issue of adolescent heroin and opioid use in New Hampshire and reviews interventions that positively change adolescent knowledge and perception of use. Prior studies indicate that peer-to-peer storytelling formats have a positive impact on adolescent knowledge and perception of substance use. We identified the Communities for Alcohol and Drug-free Youth's (CADY) Alex's Story, a school-based peer-to-peer storytelling prevention program addressing adolescent heroin and opioid use. To assist CADY in analyzing the programmatic impact of "Alex's Story" on students, we designed a survey instrument to assess students' understanding about substance use and addiction, and perception of harm associated with heroin and opioid use. We propose CADY use the designed instrument as a pre- and post-survey to measure students' beliefs and perception of harm. It is hypothesized that by doing so, students who view Alex's Story will have 1) an increased understanding about substance use and addiction, and 2) an increase in perception of harm related to heroin and opioid use when compared to students who do not view Alex's Story. The implementation process for the survey instrument will be discussed.