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Many students use substances in some form (e.g., caffeine, over the counter medications) but the use/abuse of illegal substances by youth (e.g., alcohol, marijuana) puts students at greater risk of participating in other risky behaviors, developing health problems, and performing poorly in school.

A Comprehensive System of Learning Supports should encompass strategies to prevent and address youth substance use and abuse.

Effective Strategies include:

  • promoting social, emotional, and behavioral competencies of all students;
  • providing accurate information;
  • facilitating discussions that are candid and supportive;
  • offering support systems for those who want to stop; and
  • evolving integrated systems of care.

Source- Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA​​​

​​View more information on ISBE's School Health Issues page under "Drugs and Other Substances".

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