In an effort to prevent circumstances contributing to the Opiate Epidemic, the state of Ohio is launching a large-scale increase of the PAX Good Behavior Game in Ohio schools. This intervention teaches self-regulation in young people with dramatic effects on behavior, academics, and even long-term outcomes such as preventing mental health and addiction disorders.
PAX has been in Canada for eight years. In response to concerns over growing mental, emotional and behavioural health issues, Healthy Child Manitoba identified PAX GBG as an evidence-based approach for schools to address these concerns. During the 2010/11 school year the Seine River School Division in Manitoba piloted the implementation of PAX in its schools. Within ten weeks, problematic behaviours dropped by 45%.