educator resources

support youth so they seek help

The icanhelp program is a school and community-based program that trains individuals who interact with young people — including teachers, administrators, nurses, school counselors, and coaches — to connect with and support young people who need help. The program helps to expand the number of trained adults who young people trust, initiate dialogue around the issues that young people seek assistance for, offer a link to resources and services, and encourage follow-up with youth in need.

To learn more about the icanhelpprogram and how you can get involved, visit

support students in a distance learning environment

Finding the right way to support a student with a substance use disorder can be challenging, particularly in a remote learning environment. For resources to support student resilience and substance use prevention during COVID-19, visit the Opioid Response Network.

identify students who need help

If you’re concerned about a student, there are tools and resources you can use to understand whether they need support:

Find lesson plans and activities
Discover ways to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use with NIDA’s classroom resources.

resources for medical educators

If you are a medical educator or healthcare professional, find out how you can play a role in addressing the opioid crisis with these resources from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Resources for health professionals are also available from NIDA, including CME/CE courses. Learn more here.