A Community in Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic on Staten Island

  • Patricia Tooker Wagner College
Keywords: youth, drugs, coalition, prevention, health promotion


There is no “magic potion” or vaccine to prevent youth from using alcohol or other drugs. Adolescent substance abuse prevention programs have been largely ineffective because the messaging is taken for granted. Efforts based on theories of growth and development patterns, and are inclusive of strategies beyond the classroom and home, have demonstrated encouraging findings particularly when members of the community are involved. This paper will explore factors behind illicit substance use among youth in Staten Island, New York and how Wagner College is playing an important part of a collective impact initiative that is starting to make a difference.

Author Biography

Patricia Tooker, Wagner College

Patricia (Pat) Tooker DNP, FNP is the Dean of the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing at Wagner

College, and also held the position of Dean for Integrated Learning for the past 6 years in which

she had administrative responsibilities for the signature undergraduate curriculum “The Wagner

Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts.” Pat is passionate about health promotion within vulnerable communities in Staten Island and has been with TYSA since its inception serving on the steering committee and 3 workgroups.


Dr. Patricia Tooker
Evelyn Spiro School of Nursing
Wagner College
1 Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
E mail: ptooker@wagner.edu
Telephone: 718-390- 3443


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