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Equipping schools to keep students engaged in education is crucial to minimise alcohol and other drug related harm. Drug and alcohol use is a barrier to attendance and achievement, and "drugs (including substance abuse)" remains the most common reason for expulsion from a New Zealand secondary school. In addition to the health impacts of adolescent substance use, there are considerable societal costs of a young person disengaging from education.
The NZ Drug Foundation is excited to be working with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Health Promotion Agency, service providers, and schools, to pilot a 'Whole School Approach' framework to reduce alcohol and other drug harm. This will integrate a range of best practice, evidence-based strategies to prevent and address substance related harm at every level of the school environment.
More updates on this exciting project will be available soon.