Kitchen Table Toolkit

The Kitchen Table Toolkit was developed to assist parents, teachers, counselors and the community with guidance on how to initiate conversations about heroin and opioid abuse.  The information in the toolkit may also be applicable for alcohol and other drugs.  Videos and guidance documents were developed to assist with a community forum or a personal conversation.

Also included is a PowerPoint presentation which may be used in the classroom, a group setting or any one-on-one conversation.

How to Use

Guidelines for Discussing Substance Abuse and Addiction at Community Forums (Directrices para Hablar sobre el abuso y la adicción en foros de la comunidad)

This document provides information to assist when conducting a discussion with adults about alcohol and substance abuse.

Kitchen Table Toolkit Discussion Guide (Guíra de discusión)

This document provides age-appropriate information to assist individuals with methods to start the conversation about alcohol and substance abuse.

Video Part 1: Talking with the Community

A video on talking with the community that can be used at things like community forums, PTA meetings, teacher trainings, etc. Hearing real stories offers an opportunity for individuals to understand that addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time. The video ends with an action to view Part 2 with young people and have the conversation.

A video for use at community forums, PTA/educational meetings, etc. about substance use disorder and addiction. Hearing real stories about heroin and prescription opioid abuse offers an opportunity for individuals to understand that addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time. Action Item: Participants are encouraged to have a conversation with a young person or a group of young people.


Video Part 2: Talking with Young People

A video on starting a conversation with a young person. This video can be shown and talked about at the kitchen table, in a classroom or at the sports field.

A video for use with a young person or a group of young people. This video can be shown and talked about at the kitchen table, in a classroom or at the sports field. Hearing real stories about heroin and prescription opioid abuse offers an opportunity for individuals to understand that addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time.


Print Materials

A variety of print materials are available for your use to continue the discussion. You may download the materials or order them for free delivery in New York State.