Drugs and Substance Abuse

The school’s policy on discipline and its codes for positive behaviour should cover the issue of the school’s response to drug and alcohol abuse among students. Circular 0045/13 Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools – provides a template for schools to adapt in accordance with the school’s ethos and procedures.

“Guidelines for Developing a School Substance Use Policy” were issued to schools in Spring, 2002 as part of the National Drugs Strategy. These guidelines provide advice on school policy and the management of alcohol, tobacco and drug-related incidents.