Schools can be a major player in both preventing student substance or drug use and helping students who are battling drug addiction. Prevention efforts must include regular education campaigns along with opportunities for students to cultivate their personal strengths, interests, and hobbies. Schools must also construct and maintain a system through which at-risk students can be referred to appropriate outside resources.
This What Works Brief offers schools strategies for handling drug use at school, including how to:
- Build awareness and knowledge
- Bolster positive youth development
- Encourage parent and community involvement
The brief also provides a list of evidence-based programs and therapeutic practices.
Developed through the California Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) Grant, What Works Briefs summarize best practices, strategies, and programs for improving school climate. Based on research and grounded in experience, each brief provides practical recommendations for school staff, families, and community members. They are organized into three sections:
- Quick Wins: What Teachers and Adults Can Do Right Now
- Universal Supports: Schoolwide Policies, Practices, and Programs
- Targeted Supports: Intensive Supports for At-Risk Youth