How schools can raise awareness of opioid abuse

KTBS - What do Sigmund Freud, Prince, Janis Joplin and Pennsylvania-bred rapper Mac Miller all have in common? They all died from an opioid overdose.

Images of these famous faces, and many more, line a showcase in the halls of Morrisville High School in Bucks County. The display case has been in place for about a year in order to remind students about the dangers of opioid abuse and the potential consequences.

The display is one aspect of a program established by the school's MOPI (Morrisville Opioid Prevention Initiative) Committee, which was established by Dave Vaccaro at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Vaccaro, a physical education and health teacher at the high school, says the idea to form the committee sprang from a short lesson on opioid abuse that he taught last school year. He was concerned students would not retain the information from the lesson, so he put out a call for students to help him form MOPI.