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Teachers & the opioid crisis in WV

From West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services

West Virginia struggles with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country. Children whose parents struggle with a substance use disorder bring experiences of neglect, trauma, and mental health issues to school.

And teachers are seeing the effects in the classroom.


Within this context, our research team sought to examine teachers’ experience of the opioid epidemic in the classroom. What student behaviors are challenging for teachers? Are teachers well-equipped? Who should help them through challenges stemming from the opioid crisis? We describe initial results of an anonymous online survey of 2,205 West Virginia teachers (in 49 counties) who were asked to anonymously report on their classroom experiences. The results paint a grim picture of the challenges facing West Virginia teachers.



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