Drug & Alcohol Abuse
VDOE collaborates with other state agencies to provide resources strategies for schools to prevent drug and alcohol abuse by students. Research has shown that environmental strategies – community norms, shared values and public messages that promote healthy, drug-free living – make a substantial difference in keeping all residents, including students and young children, better protected from the negative influences of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco use. According to the most frequently cited national statistics, Virginia ranks in the top one-third of all states in the effectiveness of statewide substance abuse prevention programs.
- Guidelines Concerning Student Drug Testing in Virginia Public Schools (PDF) 2004
- Inhalant Abuse Prevention: Staff Education and Student Curriculum (PDF)
- Celebrate Life – A Guide for Planning All Night Alcohol/Drug-Free Prom and Graduation Celebrations (PDF)
From the Governor’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention: Gaining Traction: Substance Abuse Prevention Plan for Virginia’s Youth (PDF)
Funding through the federal Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act provides support for states and school divisions in the creation of effective programs to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.