PROGRAMS & TOOLKITS
CONNECTING YOUTH TO RECOVERY
We are an organization that helps to bridge gaps for youth seeking recovery from something. we provide awareness, education, products and services to Bring Fentanyl And Drug Education To Teens And Young Adults. We offer resources that bring awareness, harm reduction education, and programs for mental health disorders and/or substance use disorders that can be customized to each individual along with customized wellness plans to aid in a more holistic approach in recovery
WHO ARE THEY FOR?
THE KITS DO NOT PROVIDE
The purpose of the Toolkits is to provide a set of training sessions to stimulate discussion that can lead to ‘youth friendly harm reduction’ services. This may entail review of services and resources, renewal in their recovery and possibly customized health and wellness
The Toolkits can be used with a variety of audiences, and a mix and match approach can be useful. For example:
Staff of a Particular Service
Staff from other Services
Young Individuals Who Use Drugs
The Toolkits do not aim at teaching or developing specific skills. The aim is to:
promote reflection on current practice, the development of essential and supportive networks to provide what cannot currently be provided, and possibly provided. Facility re-design or additions.
FENTAPILL LESSON (NEW RELEASE)
The most important thing you can do right now is watch this 6-minute life-saving video with your kids or students.
NATURAL HIGH FENTANYL TOOL KIT
Kids need to learn the facts about fake prescription pills. The DEA seized 50+ million fake prescription pills in 2022, and they found that 6 in 10 pills were laced with lethal amounts of fentanyl (aka "fentapills"). In this lesson, which can be done all at once or in different segments, students will review a short educational video and/or information sheet on the risks of fentanyl and take a quiz on the life-saving facts.
AD COUNSEL HIGH SCHOOL LESSON
It’s urgent that people understand how common fentanyl is — and how deadly it can be. To save lives, we replaced high school teachers with former drug dealers for a day. Watch former drug dealers take over high school classes to teach students about fentanyl. Want to learn more? Take a peek at their lesson plans. Choose a subject, or download them all.
DEA ON COUNTERFEIT DRUGS
These science-based resources equip students in grades 9–12 with an understanding of what counterfeit drugs are, how they work, and why they are so harmful to individuals and communities. Engage students in positive steps they can take to manage stress in healthy ways and empower others to be aware of the dangers of counterfeit drugs.
INQUIRY LEARNING VIDEO RESOURCES
Song for Charlie is a national family-run, nonprofit charity dedicated to raising awareness about ‘fentapills’ — fake pills made of fentanyl. We partner with experts, educators, parents and other influencers to reach the most vulnerable group: young people between the ages 13-24. Our programs highlight the emerging dangers of self-medication and casual drug use in the fentanyl era and encourage healthier strategies for coping with stress.
PROGRAMS & TOOLKITS
A NOTE FROM THE ORGANIZATION
The reality of drug use among young people continues to be a sensitive issue for many public health and drugs service providers. Predominant approaches that solely focus on drug prevention and ‘just say no’ approaches has left this vulnerable population largely silenced, neglected, stigmatized, and without their needs met. Honest conversations about how to reduce harms related to drug use amongst youth are avoided, and while harm reduction approaches to drug use continue to be implemented and expanded, young people have not benefited from these evidence based services. A number of significant barriers have affected the ability of young people to access life saving harm reduction interventions, including the lack of targeted youth specific services.
Evidence continues to show that young people are highly vulnerable to experiencing drug related harms including HIV and hepatitis. We also now know that harm reduction approaches are among the most effective measures to protect the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. Young people also have a right to access these services, however they also require a specific, targeted approach that is accessible, that matches their needs, and that is age appropriate.
The “For Lake’s Sake” program has remained committed to principles of non-judgment, respect, and human rights throughout the development of these much needed toolkits. Most importantly, they have ensured that young people most affected by drug use remain at the center of the development process, which is absolutely critical in order for interventions to be relevant, appropriate, accepted, and beneficial. The “For Lake’s Sake” team have also illustrated how youth leadership can be fostered, and have ensured that the capacity of young people who have been affected by drug use or familiar or been around drug use, and has had a lived experience is promoted throughout.
As the only youth-led network in Fort Wayne, IN that advocates for a harm reduction approach for young people, Teens4ODAW has been honored to be a part of the development of these excellent toolkits. We hope this work will provide a model for the broader implementation of harm reduction approaches for young people and will help us move towards evidence based and humane societal responses for young people who use drugs that effectively reduce drug related harm.
If student needs any resources for one on one peer recovery coaching, counseling, wellness plans and other mental health related services, inpatient and outpatient resources and any harm reduction services, “For Lake’s Sake” can provide these services to that individual. 260-387-5663