Developing Drug Prevention Programs in Schools

Educators can develop programs beyond the classroom to further prevent drug abuse and intervene with students who may already be experimenting with drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse outlines three types of anti-drug programs:

  • Universal – educational and preventative programs for all students
  • Selective – programs specifically designed for students who are at-risk for drug abuse, such as children of drug abusers or students who are academically behind
  • Indicated – programs designed for students who may already be experimenting with drugs

These programs don’t have to be limited to students. Involving parents and other family members in anti-drug programs can help open family dialogue about drug use and abuse and help parents talk to their children about the issue.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration created a list of 66 programs to serve as models for educators looking to launch a program in their school.


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