Kinesiology and Health

Health and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum

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About the Health and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum

The Health and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum is a kindergarten through high school opioid prevention curriculum designed to support local health education curriculum. The HOPE Curriculum supports  the ORC 3313.60 requirements to provide a health education curriculum that “includes instruction on the dangers of prescription opioid abuse and the connection between prescription opioid abuse and addiction to other drugs, such as heroin.”

The HOPE Curriculum provides developmentally appropriate lessons to build students' skills and functional health knowledge that leads to healthy behaviors students can demonstrate throughout their life.

HOPE Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes

Students will learn key concepts and medication safety principles, such as:

  • Only take medicine from a trusted adult.
    • Identifying trusted adults at home and within  the community.
  • Never share or take someone else’s medicine.
  • Store medicines in a locked cabinet and out of the reach of children. Properly dispose of excess or expired prescriptions.
  • If it is unhealthy, unsafe, or you are unsure—Don’t touch! Don’t take! Don’t taste! Tell a trusted adult!

Students will also develop the skills to make healthy and drug-free choices, including:

  • Decision-making skills: Stop, Think, Choose
  • Analyzing influences and accessing valid health resources Advocating for healthy choices
  • Communication skills, including being assertive, refusing unhealthy choices, showing empathy, and asking for help from others

The HOPE Curriculum is designed to educate students in grades K-12. Learn more about each grade band by accessing a curriculum overview:

Lesson Plans and Learning Materials

Elementary Lesson Plans

HOPE Curriculum Guide, Elementary (PDF)

Middle School Lesson Plans

High School Lesson Plans

HOPE Curriculum Guide, Middle and High School (PDF)

Become a HOPE Curriculum Partner

Health education teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders can gain access to our website to review the lessons by contacting or by using the instructions found in Accessing the HOPE Curriculum Lesson Plans (PDF).

Contact if you would like to become a school partner researching the implementation of the lessons. Partners are needed in each of the grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and high school).


Schools and Educational Service Centers can request a HOPE Curriculum workshop for their teachers by contacting

Additional workshops available include:

  • Building a K-12 Health Education Curriculum
  • Constructing a School-wide Prevention Program
  • Family Engagement
  • Staff Wellness & Self-Care
  • Implementing the Ohio Whole Child Framework

Additional Resources

Additional resources to support healthy students in Ohio’s schools include:

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