Issue Brief

Policy Statement: Testing for Drugs of Abuse in Children and Adolescents

September 1, 2006
American Academy of Pediatrics

This policy statement outlines the American Academy of Pediatrics’ opposition to random student drug testing and its position that the appropriate response to the suspicion of drug abuse by a young person is the referral to a qualified health care professional for a comprehensive evaluation.

UpFront: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Education (DVD)

Drug Policy Alliance

This 11-minute DVD showcases the Student Assistance Program in Oakland High School run by UpFront program founder Chuck Ries. As a companion to our publication, "Beyond Zero Tolerance: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Education and Student Assistance," this video brings to life the Safety First approach to school-based drug education in secondary schools.

Unintentional Drug Poisoning in the United States

July 1, 2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The unintentional drug poisoning death rate has been rising in recent years, and more than doubled between 1999 and 2007. This issue brief prepared by the CDC's Injury Center summarizes the most recent information about deaths and emergency room visits resulting from drug overdoses.

Beyond Zero Tolerance: A Reality-based Approach to Drug Education & School Discipline

September 10, 2013
Rodney Skager, PhD
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Beyond Zero Tolerance is a comprehensive, cost-effective approach to high school drug education and student assistance that is all about helping teenagers by bolstering the student community and educational environment. This unique approach combines education, interaction, assistance when needed, and restorative practices.

Healing a Broken System: Veterans and the War on Drugs

November 9, 2012
Drug Policy Alliance

This report examines the plight of returning veterans who struggle with incarceration and psychological wounds of war such as addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder – and suggests reforms that could improve the health and preserve the freedom of American soldiers returning from war zones and transitioning back to civilian life. Roughly 30 percent of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, depression, mental illness or other cognitive disability.

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