Drug & Alcohol Awareness and Prevention: Norwin's Proactive Approach

With prescription pain medicine and heroin addiction rising across our region, and with overdose as the leading cause of deaths, it is critical that the greater Norwin community further help its youth through awareness, prevention, and education.


Operation Prevention: Norwin became a national leader by integrating Operation Prevention withiOperation Preventionn health and physical education classes at Norwin Middle School during the 2016-2017 school year. During the 2017-2018 school year, Norwin School District expanded the free opioid awareness program and began an Operation Prevention Advisory Committee.

Reality Tour: The School District also encourages participation in Reality Tour. This program incorporates live re-enactments of peer pressure, arrest, imprisonment, emergency room trauma and a fuNorwin Reality Tourneral. Question and answer sessions with law enforcement and a recovering addict are also a part of the evening. This program has reached hundreds of families to help prevent experimentation. Parents rate the program as priceless with one parent stating "These may have been the most important hours I ever spend with my child."  One 11 year old stated, "I am leaving here a different person. I didn't know drugs were THAT bad."  It is appropriate for youth age 10-18 to attend with a parent or guardian.  The program is held at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Cost is $5. per person but is free for families on the free or reduced lunch program. Registration is online.

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Opioid Awareness Video


Excela Health has created a high-quality, documentary-style video in partnership with Norwin School District that intends to raise awareness about the public health epidemic of opioid addictions. Aimed at student-athletes, the video features footage of Norwin student-athletes and interviews with Norwin coaches, principals, and administrators, as well as Excela Health's Dr. Scott Berry and North Huntingdon Police Department Acting Chief Rod Mahinske. Ms. Abbey Zorzi, a Norwin graduate and former student-athlete, bravely shares her personal story of recovery in the video. Norwin School District is grateful to Excela Health for its support of the initiative. We highly encourage all members of the greater Norwin community to view the video and its potentially life-saving message.