Signs of Substance Abuse Drug Policy and Procedures. What you NEED to know & What you MUST do Aimee Doyle Student Assistance Counselor. Why does this policy exist?.
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What you NEED to know & What you MUST do
Student Assistance Counselor
Substance abuse starts as early as elementary school and negatively impacts brain developmentas well as the development of healthy coping skills.
Substance abuse is a MEDICAL problem and must be treated as such by schools.
Regardless of your own historywith substance abuse, you as a staff member are required by school code to follow the district procedures.
A staff member suspects a student is under the influence because of physical or behavioral signs. This student may be medically compromised!
****The train leaves the station****
It does not stop or stall.
Staff articulates their concerns directly to an administrator
****Staff member gets off the train ****
Medical Confidentiality begins for the student
Student is escorted to the Nurse for emergency medical evaluation, NOT to determine drug use
Administrator calls the parent to take the student to Concentra or the ER for a medical evaluation including drug screens.
5. The student can return to school with a note from a doctor stating “this student is physically fit to participate in school”. (Form1)
Negative = no discipline + follow up with SAC
Positive = 4 days OSS + Evaluation by a drug treatment center to determine the student’s attitudes/involvement with drugs and level of treatment needed.
After the OSS, the student returns to school with parent to meet with administrator and SAC to set up in-school support.
The teenage brain is fearless for a reason, so they will grow up, which is a blessing…yet a curse allowing experimenting with drugs.
Thank you for your time and help.