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Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Welcome. This section of the website is devoted to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) problems in school settings.

The information on this website was compiled by Lori McArthur, Prevention Coordinator, and Tiffany Gressley, Prevention System Coordinator, at Region 3 Behavioral Health Services, Kearney, Nebraska. Organization and coordination of the project was provided by Deb Kirsch, website consultant, Norfolk, Nebraska.

Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs all have one thing in common: they change how the user thinks or feels (usually both). They do this by acting on the complex functioning of the brain. Many of these changes seriously affect learning by disturbing a student's perception, thinking, memory, or emotions.

The links below provide information to assist you in preventing ATOD use among students and dimishing the negative effects drugs of abuse have within the school setting.

Facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

Why prevention is important

Prevalence of use among Nebraska students

Promising Prevention Practices

Prevention Partners