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news & updates

May 2024

Exciting new project!

National DEC has received a $1 million grant through BJA for a virtual reality training curriculum. We are calling this project: Bluebird. Bluebirds are a symbol of hope. Over the next 3 years we will work with partners nationally to develop and pilot the training. We look forward to sharing updates along the way!

New data being collected around children impacted by parental substance misuse.

  • Jones CM, Zhang K, Han B, et al. Estimated Number of Children Who Lost a Parent to Drug Overdose in the US From 2011 to 2021. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 08, 2024. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2024.0810. See full research article here.

  • NIDA. 2024, May 8. More than 321,000 U.S. children lost a parent to drug overdose from 2011 to 2021. See article here.


DEC Awareness Day 2024 was an outstanding success!

Across the nation, DEC Alliances, organizations, groups and individuals found ways to bring awareness to drug endangered children on April 24, 2024.

We loved seeing all the posts on social media throughout the day. From the chalk art representing HOPE, to wearing RED, to holding conferences and trainings, getting proclamations signed, participating in the Brown Bag Series and All Hands on DEC calls and so much more! Check out our social media from that day and week to see some of the amazing things you all participated in (and start planning ideas for next year)!

Here are just a few pictures from DEC Awareness Day 2024.

All Hands on DEC Quarterly Calls

All calls will be from

1-2pm Mountain Time and will be recorded

Register for July 24, 2024
Register for October 23, 2024
Watch Recording - January 24, 2024
Watch recording - April 24, 2024

COSSUP grant will open to apply for soon!

Are you prepared? Do you have a great partner? National DEC would love to partner on your COSSUP grant to provide in-depth training, technical assistance, and resources to help identify, support, and help children impacted by opioid and other substance use in the home, overdoses, and drug activity. 

If you are a government agency or tribe looking to address the issues around the impact of the opioid and other substances epidemic in your community, contact us at

Drug Endangered Children Trainings

Schedule your DEC Trainings by contacting us at

Associated fees apply.




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