…Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, warns schools are just one piece of the puzzle.

“We can’t possibly do this alone. This is not a school crisis. This is a community crisis,” says the former middle school teacher.

“So it’s not just educators in schools. It’s parents and families. It’s the communities themselves. It’s every level of government. We have to come together. Too often, the ills of society find the way to our schoolhouse doors, but the resources of society don’t follow them.”


NPR’s All Things Considered discussed the teen fentanyl crisis on August 30, 2023.