Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Project OPIATE

Project OPIATE

(Opiate Prevention Initiative Action Through Education)

What is Project Opiate?

Project Opiate is an innovative program that has been created in order to combat the growing issue of opiate use that Lake County is facing. This program will focus on education and awareness of the risks of teen opiate use. The Lake County General Health District and Ohio State Extension have recruited 18 youth and 4 adults from Mentor School District and Willoughby-Eastlake School District. These students will be put through a free two day leadership training known as Lead & Seed Drug Prevention Training program. This program focuses on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA’s) 5-step Strategic Prevention Framework. The training is designed to help participants identify the problem priority within their schools, in this case drug misuse. The students are taught to discuss the origin of the problem and to identity a theory of change that will dictate the appropriate course of action that will correctly affect their environment. The training includes over 400 suggested youth-led activities to mobilize the community. Once the youths have been trained using the prevention framework, they will be trained to present a youth-to-youth pHARMING Effects Presentation. This presentation addresses the misuse of prescription drugs and how it is affecting the youth today. Once trained on how to properly give this presentation the trained youths will use this pHARMING Effects presentation to educate their school aged peers.

For more information on Project OPIATE please contact,

Haley Russo
Project OPIATE Coordinator
Phone: (440) 350- 2844
Email: hrusso@lcghd.org