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Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention

Policy IHAMA

Adopted: August 18, 2016
Amended: N/A

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In accordance with state and federal law, the District shall provide age-appropriate, developmentally based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs in grades K-12.

The drug and alcohol education program shall address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use. It shall include special instruction as to the effects upon the human system; the emotional, psychological and social dangers of such use with emphasis on nonuse by school age children and the illegal aspects of such use. The program also shall include information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol.

The Committee believes that prevention requires education, and that the most important aspect of the policies and guidelines of the District should be the education of each individual to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

The objectives of this program are:

  • To educate, prevent, identify treatment and rehabilitation options relative to controlled substance abuse.
  • To relate the use of drugs and alcohol to physical, mental, social and emotional practices.
  • To develop the student's ability to make intelligent choices based on facts.
  • To understand the personal, social and economic problems causing the misuse of drugs and alcohol.
  • To prevent illegal use of drugs in the community.

The curriculum, instructional materials and outcomes used in this program shall be recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the School Committee.

Legal References:

M.G.L. 71:1

Cross Reference:

JIC - Student Conduct: Possession Of Weapons Or Controlled Substances, or Assault Of Educational Personnel

JICH - Student Drug/Alcohol Abuse Prohibited

Procedure Reference:

IHAMA-1

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