Drug Intervention and Prevention
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Drug Prevention and Intervention
Our substance abuse prevention/intervention program is designed to educate students regarding the dangers of drug use. Engaging programs and activities will empower them to make strong choices, maintain healthy bodies, and explore endless opportunities afforded only through living drug-free.
Student achievement is our number one priority. As your substance abuse support team, we vow to:
- Create a climate of trust for students and families in need of alcohol and substance use recovery.
- Provide individual and group counseling for students as an in-school support.
- Conduct prevention check-ins to monitor student progress.
- Collaborate with community agencies and other stakeholders to connect students with appropriate resources.
- Provide ongoing, developmentally appropriate initiatives for all students to promote drug freedom.
- Coordinate workshops, training, and community events to engage parents, staff, and students in our intervention & prevention efforts.
- Continue professional development to ensure our program remains effective in meeting the needs of our students and families.
Fact and Trends
According to The National Survey for Teens, 3% of 8th-graders, 5% of 10th-graders, and nearly 6% of 12th-graders report having used cough/cold medicines and other over-the-counter drugs as a way to get high. This percentage continues to climb higher each year. Remember to lock your medicine cabinets.
According to The Council on Alcohol & Drugs 2018 Regional needs assessments, 50.5% of students in our Region reported it is ‘Very” or “Somewhat” easy to get alcohol and 38% of students reported marijuana being “Very” or “Somewhat” easy to get.
Students who live in an environment where alcohol abuse or dependence is occurring are three times more likely to become dependent themselves.
- Students who have a genetic predisposition to addiction and wait to use until age 21, are 40% less likely to have problems with addiction.
- Students who abuse Rx drugs are more likely to report the use of other drugs.
- Marijuana use is still illegal in Texas.
- The prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain that regulates sound judgment, is not fully developed until around age 25 years old. Teen alcohol consumption and drug use delays brain development; affecting memory retention and decision making.