ERIC Number: ED320268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Striving for Drug-Free Schools
The Practitioner, v16 n3 Mar 1990
Principals can effectively confront the problem of student drug abuse by working with public and private resources, school and community leaders, law enforcement, and treatment and counseling professionals. The most effective school drug education programs include a well-orchestrated K-12 curriculum. The "Just Say No" approach provides students with tools to cope, rather than simply emphasizing scare tactics like adverse health and social and legal consequences. A local school substance abuse team comprised of an assistant principal, counselors, parent representatives, and teachers is the most realistic approach to the problem. The team's responsibilities should include education, intervention, referral, and development of drug-free alternatives for students. All staff members must be aware of the typical characteristics of the substance-abusing student. The principal's primary responsibility is to create and enhance a drug-free educational environment by ensuring that mutually supporting policies, curricula, and cooperative efforts are in place. Directory information is provided concerning available program resources, national hotlines, national anti-drug organizations, and support groups. Program development guidelines for substance abuse education and prevention programs are illustrated by examples from eight schools. (Five references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Agency Cooperation, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Prevention, Principals, Program Development
Publication Sales, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($1.75; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.