Don’t mention the “d” word
How schools can work on drug issues without working on drugs.
Great news, for teachers who dread ‘the drug talk,’ especially those who worry they don’t have enough personal experience to deliver effective education to a classroom full of opinionated teenagers, stress no more!
You don’t have to actually talk about drugs to successfully avert substance use problems amongst young people.
So what is the magic formula? A recent review of drug education studies in Europe suggests it’s not so much about the school curriculum, as the culture of the school itself.
“Substance use problems are closely related to other problems which often develop at early ages when substance use is just not on the agenda.…schools which develop supportive, engaging and inclusive cultures, and which offer opportunities to participate in school decision-making and extracurricular activities, create better outcomes across many domains, including non-normative substance use. As well as facilitating bonding with the school, such schools are likely to make it easier for pupils to seek and receive the support they need.”
YoDAA wholeheartedly welcomes this addition to the growing body of evidence that a whole school approach to drug use need not be just about drugs. Furthermore that student / teacher connection is key.
YoDAA has an entire site dedicated to supporting teachers and those working in schools. Follow the link for more information. Got a student you are concerned about or would like some more support planning a whole school approach? YoDAA offers confidential secondary consultations with an expert in Youth Drug and Alcohol. Book yours today!