This topic covers alcohol and drug misuse by school staff. It applies to schools of all types and includes the development of suitable substance misuse policies.

The misuse of alcohol and drugs by staff in schools is not common but is an eventuality that employers must be prepared for. Policies should be developed in collaboration with staff representatives and should aim to provide affected employees with support. Disciplinary measures should be included as a last resort.

The section on drug misuse not only covers illegal substances but also the misuse of prescription and performance enhancing drugs.

Information relating to pupils and to school prevention programmes can be found in the Preventing Drug Misuse topic.

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