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We need to acknowledge that alcohol and drugs are part of our society, and preparing students to take their place in society means working together.

Being proactive will give your school more options to keep students engaged. Waiting until issues arise limits the options available.

The evidence shows that a whole-school approach, outlined below with four increasingly targeted tiers, works to both keep students engaged in education and reduce their drug and alcohol-related harm.

Used individually, all four tiers have positive effects. But together they make the biggest difference.

The four levels of a whole-school approach:

1. Creating positive school environments

2. Delivering effective education

3. Offering school-based support

4. Linking with professional treatment interventions

Questions to help your school plan

Here are some downloadable resources to help you out. Order hard copies here

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Use of alcohol & drugs

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Parenting and substance use, NZ Drug Foundation

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Videos resources

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