BENAVIDES - Professor Ninfa Pena-Purcell, Associate Professor at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service held a training in Benavides on Monday for a new pilot project called "Think Smart."

Purcell, specializes in adolescent substance use and or misuse, health disparities, chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

The curriculum is a multi-based opioid abuse and misuse prevention, that targets rural freshman and sophomore students. In 2020-2021, the Think Smart project will be piloted in six Texas counties: Blanco, Crockett, Duval, Know, McCulloch and San Saba.

The pilot project will include a six-week life skill curricula targeting freshman and sophomore students to prevent opioid and other drug use. The program will be offered as a half-semester health education- high school course taught by trained school teachers. The course will include evidence-based activities that include problem-solving and refusal skills, harm reduction strategies, and goal setting relevant to the culture of teens today.