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November 02, 2017

An Effort to Stop Student Drug Use That Starts With a Simple Conversation at School

The final recommendations of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis call for schools to adopt a screening method called SBIRT. How does it work?

October 26, 2017

Trump Declares Opioid Abuse a Public Health Emergency. It's a Crisis for Schools, Too

President Donald Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency Thursday, a more limited move than he had pledged. The crisis has had profound impacts on students and schools.

October 06, 2017

Schoolwide Body Searches Lead to Criminal Charges for Sheriff, Deputies

A grand jury indicted a sheriff on criminal charges this week after a four-hour schoolwide sweep in which 40 uniformed officers from various law enforcement agencies did forced searches of about 900 students. The case has raised concerns about the rights of students.

August 10, 2017

Trump Says He'll Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency as Schools Feel Effects

President Trump said Thursday he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. He called it "a serious problem, the likes of which we've never had."

July 31, 2017

Trump Urged to Declare State of Emergency Over Opioid Crisis

The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis also plans to "explore evidence-based prevention programs for schools" before it issues its final recommendations later in the fall.

July 12, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Calls On D.A.R.E. to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

Sessions called upon D.A.R.E.—a drug prevention education program that has been criticized as ineffective and counterproductive—to help address the nation's opioid crisis.

May 15, 2017

States Reconsider Sunscreen as Banned Drug in Schools

Many states require a doctor's note if a student brings sunscreen, an over-the-counter drug, to school. A handful of states have changed that and others are looking to follow suit.

March 22, 2017

Should Schools Teach About Sexting, Consent? Nevada Students Pitch Rule

A panel of Nevada students has proposed a bill that would require high schools to teach about issues like sexting, consent, and driving under the influence.

January 06, 2017

Watch: Views on the Opioid Crisis From a School and the Author of Hillbilly Elegy

In this video J.D. Vance, author "Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," discusses the effects of a changing economy, the roots of the opioid epidemic, and the role of schools in confronting these issues. Plus, a video story about how one West Virginia district is helping students heal after their families are split apart by drug abuse.

December 13, 2016

Teen Drug, Alcohol Use Continues to Decline

Teenagers' use of drugs and alcohol showed a steep decline in 2016, new data show, dropping to rates the nation hasn't seen since the 1990s.

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