Schools Must Certify Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programs

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Schools Must Certify Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programs

Schools would have to certify that drug and alcohol abuse programs are in place in order to receive federal assistance under a "Drug-Free Schools and Campuses" amendment to the Senate anti-drug abuse funding bill.

The amendment states that all schools would have to certify that they have adopted and implemented programs to "prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol" by students and employees to be eligible for any form of federal assistance.

The drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs in colleges and universities is designed to carry out recommendations of President Bush's Drug Strategy. They must include, "at a minimum," the annual distribution to students and employees of: "(A) Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a

minimum, the unlawful possession, use or

distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and

employees on its property or as part of any of its

activities; "(B) A description of the applicable legal sanctions under

local, state, or federal law for the unlawful

possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol

by students and employees on its property or as part

of any of its activities; "(C) A description of the health risks associated with the

use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol; "(D) A description of any drug or alcohol counseling,

treatment, or rehabilitation programs that are

available to employees or students; and "(E) A clear statement that the institution will impose

sanctions on students and employees...and a

description of those sanctions, up to and including

expulsion or termination of employment and referral

for prosecution..."

Elementary and secondary schools would be required to certify to state educational agencies that they have adopted drug and alcohol prevention programs that must include, among other elements: "(A) Mandatory, age-appropriate, developmentally based

drug and alcohol education and prevention programs

(which address the legal, social, and health

consequences of drug and alcohol use and which provide

information about effective techniques for resisting

peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol) for

students in all grades of schools . …