Saving Young Lives Through Substance Abuse Education
SDCOE has been focused on comprehensive substance abuse prevention education for decades, often working collaboratively with governmental and community organizations to ensure that districts and schools are connected to partners that can assist in their prevention, intervention, and treatment efforts.
“We believe it’s in the best interest of young people and family members to be informed and have the tools they need to make smart choices impacting their own wellness,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold.
Members of the Safety, Well-Being, and Student Engagement team currently provide assemblies and classroom presentations to schools across the county about the dangers of fentanyl, marijuana, and other drugs, and encourage schools to continue the conversation by providing additional information and lesson plans from local and federal sources.
SDCOE has also been working over the past several years to assist schools in obtaining free naloxone, the opioid-reversal drug, for their campuses and offers training on how to administer the drug.
There has been no legal requirement for schools to provide substance abuse prevention education since 2009, which is why SDCOE has been working with local leaders to change state law.
The County Board of Supervisors took a step to support this effort when they recently passed a motion directing the county to work with education officials and the California State Legislature to require substance abuse prevention, specifically around fentanyl, in the classroom for students. The county is also now looking at increasing distribution locations and training for parents and students on naloxone, the opioid-reversal drug, and exploring opportunities for additional funding to support on-campus drug and alcohol awareness programs.
“SDCOE is deeply committed to the success and well-being of every child,” Gothold said. “To accomplish this goal, we need a comprehensive, community-based approach to mental and physical health.”
More to explore
The winter holiday season can be a festive, joyful time, but holidays can also bring up big feelings for adults and young people alike. SDCOE gathered resources to support children and adults who may be struggling.
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has teamed up with the UC San Diego esports program to create a mentorship program for high school students focused on esports and gaming.
National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 5 to 9. It's a great opportunity to remind the community that there is still time to get an influenza vaccine for those six months and older.
Represent the youth voice across the region as a member of the San Diego County Board of Education for 2023-24 as a student representative. Applications accepted now!
Community Music Center students and their families will celebrate their learning and achievement during the past semester at La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center’s Winter Recital, Dec. 7 at the Logan Memorial Educational Campus.
Nominations are now open for the 2023 Lighthouse Awards, which honor school and community leaders in equity, diversity and inclusion.