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Overview

​​​​​​​Building on the foundational ATOD competencies students practiced in prior grades, evidence- and theory-based instruction continues in hopes of preparing high school students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to choose and maintain a drug-free life and to reduce drug-related harms. Other content areas should be integrated into instructional strategies when appropriate. Such content areas include physical activity as a healthy alternative to ATOD use; healthy coping behaviors in lieu of ATOD use (mental, emotional, and social health); or injury prevention and its connection to ATOD. In addition, students can research the costs to individuals of medical care, lost productivity, and legal consequences of ATOD use to analyze the benefits of an ATOD-free lifestyle. ​

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Information and Resources

TUPE - Tobacco Use Prevention Education

In collaboration with the California Department of Education, the Orange County Department of Education's TUPE Capacity Building Project has developed this website to support effective TUPE program implementation and share tobacco prevention information and resources across California.​

Talk About Alcohol With Your Teen - SAMHSA

SAMHSA's Talk About Alcohol With Your Teens provides information, free videos, and online​ vignettes for parents on how to talk to their children about drugs.​

Harm Reduction Coalition

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. ​

DanceSafe

DanceSafe is a public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. DanceSafe has two fundamental operating principles: harm reduction and peer-based, popular education.

Drug Policy Alliance

The mission of the Drug Policy Alliance is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. ​

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the largest global youth-led network dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. ​

Above the Influence

Above the Influence provides information​, resources and support for teens to analyze their influences and find facts and resources about drugs. ​​​

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth - Johns Hopkins

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) employs a public health approach to prevent and reduce alcohol-related problems among young people. ​

California Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. ​

Curriculum and Lessons

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit is a theory-based and evidence-informed educational resource created by educators and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine products. ​

The Cannabis/Marijuana Awareness & Prevention Toolkit

The Cannabis/Marijuana Awareness & Prevention Toolkit is a theory-based and evidence-informed resource created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of cannabis/marijuana. ​

Too Good for Drugs: K-12 prevention education program

Too Good programs empower children with the social-emotional learning and substance abuse prevention skills they need to lead happy and healthy lives. ​

Project ALERT

The Project ALERT curriculum is a series of 14 lessons that​​motivate students against drug use, cultivates non-use attitudes and beliefs, and teaches skills and strategies to resist d​rugs.

CATCH My Breath

CATCH My Breath is an evidence-based youth e-cigarette, JUUL, and vape prevention program specific to grades 5-12 shown to substantially reduce students’ likelihood of vaping in the year following program implementation. ​

The Real Cost of Vaping

The Real Cost of Vaping provides grades 6-12 lessons on teen vaping prevention. With these cross-curricular resources from Scholastic and the FDA, students will analyze informational text, collect and present data, and evaluate marketing messages. ​

Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens

Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens is the nation’s first harm reduction-based drug education curriculum for high school teachers. The free curriculum consists of 15 lessons that can be completed in a 45- to 50-minute class period.

Book List

Grade 9 - 12

Partnerships

​Partnering with the Family​​

  • Students participate in activities in the school and community that help other individuals make positive choices regarding the use of ATOD by sharing health education information on ATOD obtained in class with their family members, guardians, and caretakers.
  • Students can begin to dialogue with their parents, guardians, or caretakers on their views on ATOD and the rules or expectations they have for them regarding ATOD. ​

​​Partnering with your School​​​

  • As part of ​your school-wide ATOD health campaign, encourage the teacher librarian to acquire and showcase books that address ATOD among youth. 
  • Students are encouraged to convene a reading or book club focused on health-related issues.

​​Partnering with your Community​​

  • Students access information, products, and services related to ATOD by researching the mission and background of Alcoholics Anonymous, Marijuana Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous and locate these self-help groups in their community. 
  • Students can learn what local agencies such as the county public health office and local harm reduction programs do to serve those with ATOD issues in the community. ​
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