IHAMA Teaching about Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Title                                   Teaching About Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Designation                       IHAMA

Office/Custodian               Education/Executive Director of Learning Services


In accordance with state and federal law, the District shall provide age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate drug and alcohol education and prevention programs from early childhood (preschool) through grade twelve (12).


The drug and alcohol education program shall address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use.  It shall include special instruction as to the effects upon the human system; the emotional, psychological, and social dangers of such use with emphasis on nonuse by school-age children, and the illegal aspects of such use. The program also shall include information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol.


The objectives of this program, as stated below, are rooted in the Board's belief that prevention requires education and that the most important aspect of the policies and guidelines of the district should be the education of each individual to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.


1.     To create an awareness of the total drug problem–prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation, and law enforcement on the local, state, national, and international levels.


2.     To relate the use of drugs and alcohol to physical, mental, social, and emotional practices.


3.     To encourage the individual to adopt an appropriate attitude toward pain, stress, and discomfort.


4.     To develop the student's ability to make intelligent choices based on facts and to develop the courage to stand by one's own convictions.


5.     To understand the need for seeking professional advice in dealing with problems related to physical and mental health.


6.     To understand the personal, social, and economic problems causing the misuse of drugs and alcohol.


7.     To develop an interest in preventing illegal use of drugs in the community.


The curriculum, instructional materials, and strategies used in this program shall be recommended by the Chief Education Officer and approved by the Board.


To the extent funds are available, each school is encouraged to operate and maintain an educational program to assist students in avoiding and discontinuing use of tobacco.


Adopted: November 3, 1977

Revised to conform with practice: date of manual revision

Revised: September 2, 1999

Revised: March 11, 2010

Revised: October 27, 2011

Revised: September 8, 2016

Reviewed: September 12, 2019



20 U.S.C. §7101 et seq. (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994)

C.R.S. 22-1-110 (Effect of use of alcohol and controlled substances to be taught)

C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(bb) (Policy required prohibiting use of tobacco products on school property)

C.R.S. 25-14-103.5 (Use of tobacco products prohibited on school property)



ADC, Tobacco-Free Schools

IHACA, Law-Related Education

JICH, Drug and Alcohol Involvement by Students