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  1. Guidelines for developing a school substance use policy

    The National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008 sets out a detailed programme of action to be implemented by Government Departments and Agencies to combat the very serious problem of drug misuse in our society. The strategy highlights the important contribution that schools can make in the area of education and prevention, and requires them to have substance use policies in place. The central objective of a school’s substance use policy is the welfare, care and protection of every young person in line with the Education Act, 1998 and the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000. …

  2. Drugs guidance for schools in Northern Ireland

    It is a statutory requirement for all schools in Northern Ireland to have a drugs policy and publish details in relation to the policy in their prospectus; deliver drugs education to include legal and illegal substances; and inform the Police Service of Northern Ireland if they believe or suspect a pupil to be in possession of a controlled substance. The guidance has been designed to assist schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and review of their drugs policy and to support procedures for the management of suspected drug-related incidents and issues.

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