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We are preparing our students to live in a world where alcohol and other drugs exist.

The good news is that what is already working well for other wellbeing areas can work for alcohol and other drugs too. 

We know that these things make a difference:

  • Having a positive school environment, where students feel like they belong and that their wellbeing is important.
  • Having a lot of opportunities to engage in outside of class activities throughout the year.
  • Having opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking, especially about what the social norms in their community are.
  • Identifying students with slipping attendance or achievement, and getting them support as early as possible.

How we respond to a student’s substance use has more of an impact on their education than the use itself. The earlier we provide support and re-engage students in learning and extracurricular activities, the better their chances of success at school. 

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