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NCJ Number: 118415 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Abuse in Schools: How a Nation Responds
Journal: School Safety  Issue:3  Dated:(Spring 1986)  Pages:22-23
Author(s): B Gonzalez
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 2
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Local communities, school districts, and organizations across the United States have devised their own methods for dealing with drug and alcohol abuse in schools.
Abstract: Student participation and staff training are part of a comprehensive substance abuse program in a New Jersey school district. Students at an Alabama high school have formed the Teen Connection, a peer support group for boys and girls who do not smoke, drink, or use drugs. School board members in one Ohio town have adopted a policy stipulating that local high school students must forego part of their extracurricular activities if they are caught drinking or using drugs. Students at an Oregon high school held a week-long program of activities aimed at proving they can get high on life without using drugs or alcohol. A McDonald's restaurant in New Hampshire offers teenagers food for thought with its "Get It Straight" drug abuse prevention program. A local narcotics squad in Georgia uses a trained black labrador retriever worth $6,500 to sniff out drugs in schools. In Honolulu, fifth and sixth graders participate in a program featuring weekly sessions that focus on feelings, decisionmaking, group communication skills, and working together as a team. The Youth Connection Project in a California town is working to prevent drug problems with the help of parent volunteers. In New York City, a $3.5-million drug abuse prevention program is being operated jointly by the Police Department and the Board of Education. Local students in a Utah city have launched an antidrug campaign that includes public forums and the sale of educational booklets. A peer support network has been established for teenagers in a Washington city, and several high schools in Iowa are using alcohol breath testers on students at school functions who are suspected of drinking.
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Drug abuse education; Juvenile drug abusers; State-by-state analyses
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