A substance abuse is an overuse and addiction to drugs and or alcohol. Drugs and alcohol are often introduced to a person for the first time during their high school career. Research shows that 90% of addicts took tried their substance of choice for the first time before the age of 18.
Symptoms of a drug/substance abuse problem can include:
- Intense urges for substance
- Participating in risky behaviors
- Frequently missing school
- Lack of interest in self or activities
- Behavioral changes
What is the school policy and law for using alcohol and other drugs in school?
Reporting of Students Under the Influence
School substance abuse law: Federal and State statutes and the Ramsey School District Substance Abuse Policy are designed to help identify and intervene with students who are using alcohol and/or other drugs. Research has shown that school districts that have a clear substance abuse policy that is consistently enforced have a lower incidence of alcohol and other drug use.
For more information on drug and alcohol addiction, use the following resources:
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse:
To seek help contact Mrs. Sunni Roberts:
Mrs. Sunni Roberts, Student Assistance Coordinator
201-785-2300 ext. 21628