“Drugs” refers to all types of drugs, including medicines, volatile substances, alcohol, tobacco and illegal or controlled drugs. As part of their pastoral responsibilities, schools have a role to play in preventing the misuse of drugs. Drug education is, therefore, an important part of the curriculum for all schools. It must be relevant and appropriate and must also match the needs of the pupils by taking account of the school’s social and demographic context.

Schools should have in place a clearly defined policy and procedure for responding to drug-related incidents, especially if they have boarding pupils.

There is an important distinction between the use of medicines that are vital to the continued health and wellbeing of pupils and the harmful misuse of other drugs. This topic deals with drug misuse.

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