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Partnership aims for better communication to help fight opioid crisis

September 12, 2019 01:52 PM

A local insurance company is partnering with Averill Park Schools to help fight the opioid epidemic.

They're implementing a program called "An Apple a Day." It's supposed to help students learn how to communicate with adults more effectively at an early age. They hope that will prevent the kids from using drugs in the future.

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The eight-week program is being implemented in an Averill Park kindergarten class this year.

Officials with the district, Addictions Care Center of Albany, and CDPHP say they're not going to talk about drugs with the students just yet. Instead this program will focus on strengthening communication skills and the ability to make healthy choices.

The hope is to expand the program into 1st through 4th grades depending on how things go.

From there, the hope is to have the program implemented into other districts in counties across the Capital Region.

Officials with ACCA say they'll get more into talking about drugs with the students when they are a bit older.

They say this same program has been implemented in other parts of the country and has been proven to be effective.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with Kim and Tim Murdick at the event. Their son Sean died of a heroin overdose in 2015. They've since launched a program called the Nopiates Committee. They say if this program had been implemented when he was young, it could have made a difference.

Hear from Tim Murdick now by watching the video of Emily Burkhard’s story. We’ll also bring you coverage of the 29th annual Albany County Treatment Works March starting Live at 4 and on WNYT.com.

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