Substance Use

The National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008, and its successor the (Interim) National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016, set 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 strategies highlight the important contribution that schools can make in the area of education and prevention, and require them to have substance use policies in place.

The document Guidelines for developing a School Substance Use Policy was issued to all primary and post-primary schools in 2002. The material in the template below has been drawn primarily from this document


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