IHAMB: Teaching About Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

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

The drug, alcohol, and tobacco education program will address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.  It will 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 will include information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

The objectives of this program, as stated below, are rooted in the Committee’s belief that prevention requires education, and that the most important aspect of the policies and guidelines of the district should be the education of each student as to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

  1. To create an awareness of the total drug problem–prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and law enforcement on the local, state, national and     international levels.
  2. To relate the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco to physical, mental, social and emotional practices.
  3. To develop the student’s ability to make intelligent choices based on facts and to develop the courage to stand by one’s own convictions.
  4. To understand the personal, social, and economic problems causing the misuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
  5. To develop an interest in preventing illegal use of drugs in the community.

Any and all curriculum and instructional materials will be research-based and founded on best educational practices.

MSC first vote: 11/18/14
MSC second vote: 12/9/14