In today’s society, there is a larger variety of drugs that are used, drugs have become easily accessible, and drugs are more likely to be misused. Drugs are commonly misused because of the lack of education people have surrounding how the drug should be taken, or what the consequences of taking the drug may be. Drug education is planned information and skills that are relevant to living in a world where drugs have become more commonly misused (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_education). For teachers, implementing drug education can help individuals to gain knowledge about drugs that they may be introduced to or come into contact with, and help to prevent the use and misuse of drugs among the students in the classroom. By students gaining this information, the prevention can be expanded into the community.
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The second reason is to help promote a healthy lifestyle for students. Teachers believe that by engaging students in drug education programs, it can help to benefit well-being of the students so that healthy lifestyles are reached to the fullest potentials. Lastly, teachers have found it to be important because teachers can act as a partner with parents, guardians, and other members of the community, in order to ensure that students are being provided with accurate and developmentally appropriate drug education. The school can provide knowledge to students in an area that is sometimes difficult for parents, guardians, and the community to talk about.
The second step towards the implementation of drug education is for teachers to look at the support that will be given towards the teaching. Support systems that should be considered are whether or not the school will help with the implementation, if other teachers will support it, and how parents and the community will feel towards the program. When beginning the program, it is important to receive clearance from the principal at the school so that support can be provided if issues occur. Secondly, permission from the parents or guardians is important. Create a consent letter to the parents or guardians of each student that will be engaging in the learning that explains what the topics cover, and the importance of covering this topic. Another way of finding the support necessary to starting a drug education program is with a co-teaching approach. Co-teaching is when a teacher and another education provider work together in a teaching setting. Co-teaching can help bring in ideas, knowledge, and experience from two individuals, provide feedback to one another, cover more topics, and find ways to improve the learning of the students in the topic.
The next step is the implementation of the program. Twelve steps can be used to assist in the process of implementation. Step one is for the teacher to assess personal attitudes, values, and beliefs towards the topic. Honesty is important when teaching a controversial topic area, and will help to promote a safe, non-judgmental learning environment where all opinions are welcome to be shared.