Keeping Students Alcohol and Drug Free in Public Schools

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Creating a comprehensive and compassionate substance abuse policy is critical to promoting a healthy and positive school atmosphere as well as to risk reduction.  In studying over 50 claims, UE found that the most common allegations involve one of three errors: unfair disciplinary or investigation procedures, negligent or inadequate supervision, or unlawful distribution by educators. UE has developed a number of strategies and tips to address these and other issues with the aim of creating an alcohol- and drug-free campus through prevention, intervention and investigation.

Prevention: Comprehensive prevention programs are a critical component of any Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy. The goals are to prevent students from experimenting with AODs and to protect and support students who choose AOD-free lifestyles. 

Intervention With Students: Schools need a range of options that correspond to the nature and severity of substance abuse problems. Some schools have adopted a zero-tolerance policy, which can be counterproductive. Such severe policies may lead educators to overlook some problems, or to push students away without addressing core problems. Instead, consider an early warning and support system. 

Investigation: Investigation procedures need to be developed in conjunction with legal counsel and should be carefully documented. 

By partnering with students, families, and communities, schools can develop AOD policies that contribute to a healthy and positive environment. For more information and resources, including sample AOD policies, read Keeping Students Alcohol and Drug Free.


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