What Educators Can Do to Help Prevent Underage Drinking and Other Drug Use

May 7, 2024

School staff members can play a powerful role in the prevention of underage drinking and drug use among their students. Together, educators and families can work to send strong and consistent messages to students about the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Teachers and school staff members work hard every day to prepare students for future success. Alcohol and drugs, such as marijuana or opioids, can undermine a child’s academic success and other life goals. Additionally, substance misuse and substance use disorders are associated with a variety of negative consequences, including deteriorating relationships, poor school performance, loss of employment, diminished mental health, and increases in sickness and death.

Click here to download this guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or click the button below to learn more about the steps you can take to help your students avoid underage drinking and substance use.