Keep Drugs Out of Your District
Children are faced with many challenges as they move through the school system. Children ages 12 to 13 are at high-risk of experimentation of marijuana while children ages 15 to 16 face a high risk of trying cocaine. To keep illicit drugs out of your school district, it is important to maintain a drug-free program and implement randomized drug testing within the student body.
Drug use among 8th graders increased 61% between 2016 and 2020.
The DrugSAFE Program
We care deeply about the families affected by the growing drug problem in our country. Our goal is to identify drug abuse and promote awareness in Ohio’s school districts. Together, we will win this fight against drugs.
Drug Testing Programs
The purpose of drug testing programs in schools is to deter students from using drugs by giving them a motivator to resist peer pressure, provide early intervention and counseling and identify students who are abusing. We also are able to provide referrals for treatment.
Policy Development & Implementation
Ohio law requires schools to educate students on the dangers of drug and alcohol use, and the most successful districts take it one step further by implementing a drug testing program as well. The DrugSAFE Program works with school boards and administrators to create and implement effective drug policies.
Education & Awareness
The DrugSAFE Program provides education to administrators, parents, and the community as a crucial tactic in preventing drug misuse and treating addiction.
Student Drug & Alcohol Assessment
The recommendations resulting from the substance use assessment are strictly confidential and not a part of the student’s academic record. An assessment provides an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a drug and alcohol counselor. The purpose of a drug and alcohol assessment is to evaluate the nature of any problems a student is having with alcohol or drugs. Through a series of questions and an hour face to face evaluation, our chemical dependency counselors will adequately gauge the appropriate level of care to ensure each and every person gets the help they need to regain control of their life and make positive choices going forward.
Typically, alcohol and drug assessments are requested because something has happened, such as testing positive on a drug screen, or an accident, a legal charge, poor performance, or changes in behavior, that have prompted someone to express concerns about your alcohol and/or drug use. An alcohol and drug assessment explores what you have been using, how much and how often, under what circumstances, and how it has impacted areas of your life, including:
An assessment helps determine if your alcohol and drug use is a problem, and if so, what kind of help would be beneficial.
Recommendations are based on what is clinically appropriate to address concerns related to your alcohol and drug use. These recommendations may include, but are not limited to:
- Alcohol or drug education classes or education
- Outpatient chemical dependency treatment
- Residential chemical dependency treatment
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Life Coaching
The recommendations made are made, are just that – recommendations, based on clinical experience, to address issues related to your use. Sometimes people are not able or willing to follow these recommendations due to finances, time, interest, or other circumstances. You will need to decide what you are willing and able to do. Sometimes a third party, such as the school officials, employers, courts, a lawyer, or family member, may request that the recommendations be followed. If this applies to your situation, you will need to speak directly to the third party to discuss the potential outcomes of whether or not you follow the recommendations.
The results of your alcohol and drug assessment will be shared with you in your final session. A written report will be created that details the information shared in the process of your assessment, as well as the outcome and your recommendations. This assessment can be sent to any party you wish, as long as you have signed a release of information allowing for it. We do not work with insurance companies, and as such, your alcohol and drug assessment will not be part of your medical record unless you choose to provide it.
Taking Safety a Step Further
To make sure an athlete can begin competing, many schools require sports physicals, also called pre-participation exams (PPE). Sports physicals consist of medical history and physical exams to make sure that the athlete is healthy enough to participate. The physical is designed to identify any high-risk disorder or condition, existing injury or potential problems to avoid future problems or rehabilitate an existing injury.
Our physicians are capable of performing the exam. In some cases, the school will set aside time for a doctor or doctors to conduct sports physicals on-site. Visit our primary care page here.