Substance Abuse Prevention

Tobacco-Free Materials

24/7 Tobacco-free school guide is to assist schools in establishing a 24/7 tobacco-free environment for students, staff, and visitors.

Effective substance abuse prevention is critical to ensuring the academic success of Oklahoma’s youth.

Because children spend more than a quarter of their day at school, schools have a unique opportunity to deliver effective alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention programs. In doing so, they reinforce norms against substance use as well as give students peer refusal and other life skills.

Substance Abuse Prevention Research-Based Curriculum

The State Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services announced a partnership to offer AlcoholEdu free to all high schools in the state. AlcoholEdu for High School is a state-of-the-art online alcohol education course, nationally recognized for reducing underage drinking and its associated negative consequences. This course also has a component for parents and teachers to help them engage students in conversations about the detriments of underage drinking.

Family Checkup - Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse

A list of research-based substance abuse prevention programs examined and approved by federal agencies has been provided on the Web site below.

Looking for additional substance abuse prevention curriculum in your classroom? Check out the National Institute for Drug Abuse's  free curriculum below:

Substance Abuse Prevention Resources

There are many reliable Web sites with substance abuse prevention information and resources. A list of helpful resources for parents, students, and staff has been provided on the Web site below.

NEW! Resource Library Updated

The office or prevention services has a resource library with about 150 items that you can check out and have mailed to you at any time! There are 66 DVDs, 19 curriculums, and 64 books available. Click the links below to see the list and print the form to check out materials.

Resource Library Check-Out Form

Resource Library List


Substance Abuse Prevention Trainings

  • The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Education Group provides drug abuse awareness presentations to school children from Kindergarten to 12th grade, and programs to concerned Oklahoma citizens who want to be educated on drug abuse issues facing our state. Topics covered can include, but are not limited to, the consequences of drug use and abuse, the dangers of alcohol and tobacco, marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, date rape/club drug trends, and the continued methamphetamine problem. Presentations can be tailored to fit the needs and issues in your area. There is no cost associated with these programs; they are free!
  • The Oklahoma Pharmacists Association with licensed pharmacists in the State of Oklahoma will conduct school presentations for 4th -10th grade students that include an education video on prescription drug abuse entitled "Road to Nowhere." This fourteen-minute video depicts the consequences a young person could face due to one bad decision - a decision to take drugs "just for fun." After viewing the video, students will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the pharmacist who will also present additional information about the dangers of abused prescription drugs. The entire presentation takes about 45 minutes and is offered at no charge to the school. Please contact Debra Billingsley at or (405) 557-5775 if you are interested. Oklahoma Statute requires training in alcohol and drug awareness for public school students. This program will assist educators in meeting that professional development requirement. Memorandum from Superintendent Joy Hofmeister regarding this prescription drug education opportunity Road to Nowhere Video Pharmacy Board President Letter
  • Oklahoma Life of An Athlete is a free program for Oklahoma high schools offered through the Whitten-Newman Foundation and Fighting Addiction Through Education (F.A.T.E.) Oklahoma Life of An Athlete includes dynamic, interactive online training for your athletes about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on athletic performance. The program also includes live presentations and assistance on re-writing your athletic code, developing student leadership, and promoting coaching effectiveness and community support.
  • Training and technical assistance are provided to schools across the state to help support school-based tobacco use prevention and cessation programs by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. School-based programs begin with creating and maintaining a tobacco-free atmosphere throughout the school system and continue with classroom education.

Youth Organizations

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is Oklahoma's youth movement to expose Big Tobacco's lies and deceptive practices. SWAT Teams around the state are becoming advocates for a change in their local communities. The result is a healthier Oklahoma.

2 Much 2 Lose (2M2L) Clubs actively participate in the state’s underage drinking prevention initiative by doing local and statewide action-based activities. Youth leaders are given the tools to effectively combat underage drinking utilizing the environmental prevention model.

Oklahoma State Statutes Regarding Substance Abuse

Title 63. Public Health and Safety
Chapter 2 - Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act

Oklahoma Statutes Title 63, § 1-1523.

  • Educational facilities serving grades K-12 may prohibit smoking, snuff, and chewing tobacco on the school grounds. Schools may designate smoking areas only for adults and must offer a nonsmoking area for school personnel for breaks, lunch, or similar activities.
  • An educational facility which offers an early childhood education program or in which children in grades kindergarten through twelve are educated shall prohibit smoking, the use of snuff, chewing tobacco or any other form of tobacco product in the buildings and on the grounds of the facility by all persons including, but not limited to, full-time, part-time, and contract employees, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., during the school session, or when class or any program established for students is in session.
  • Career and technology centers may designate smoking areas outside of buildings, away from general traffic areas and completely out of sight of children under eighteen (18) years of age, for use by adults attending training courses, sessions, meetings or seminars.
  • An educational facility may designate smoking areas outside the buildings for the use of adults during certain activities or functions, including, but not limited to, athletic contests.

Okla. Stat. Title 63, §2-401; 2-402.

  • Oklahoma criminal law provides enhanced penalties for individuals who distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of the real property of a private elementary or secondary school.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my child is using drugs?

It is difficult to determine because changes in mood, attitudes, hobbies, or interests are common in teens. Although some of the signs may be an indicator for other problems, below is a list of common signs of drug use.

  • Changes in friends.
  • Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, or discipline problems.
  • Increased secrecy.
  • Use of incense, air fresheners, or perfume to hide smoke odors.
  • Conversational changes such as coded language or slurred speech.
  • Change in clothing choices.
  • Evidence of drug paraphernalia.
  • Evidence of common inhalants, such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, and air dusters.
  • Bloodshot or dilated eyes.
  • Missing prescription drugs.
  • Empty cough and cold medication bottles.

How can I prevent my child from using drugs?

  • Set rules. Let your child know alcohol, and drug use is unacceptable. Enforce consequences when rules are broken.
  • Know where your child is and what they will be doing during unsupervised times.
  • Talk to your child. Tell your child why to say no before someone tells them why to say yes.
  • Keep your child busy. Students involved in afterschool and adult supervised activities are less likely to use drugs.
  • Educate yourself! Learn facts about commonly abused drugs and talk to your child about the harmful effects.
  • Know your child's friends and their parents. Make sure they know your rules and standards.
  • Be the parent, not the friend.
  • Know where to go if you need additional assistance. There are many professionals and treatment specialists who can help.

Substance Abuse Statistics in Oklahoma

  • Adolescents who use alcohol may remember 10% less of what they have learned than those who don’t drink.
  • Lower reading and math scores are linked to peer substance abuse. On average, students whose peers avoided substance use had test scores that were 18 points higher for reading, and 45 points higher for math.
  • If the challenges in students’ learning, such as the problems directly related to underage drinking, are not addressed, then our youth will not be able to maximize their academic potential.

For additional statistics, the websites listed below include the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data and Reports, and the 2014 Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) Survey Results.

Substance Abuse

Drug Abuse Education Act (70 1210.221) The Anti-Drug

 Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Education Group
Drugs, Brain, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction
 Oklahoma Pharmacists Association
Drugs: Shatter the Myth
2 Much 2 Lose (2M2L
Above the Influence
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
American Council for Drug Education
Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
Brain Power (Grades K-9)
CDC: Smoking and Tobacco Use
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
DXM: Make Up Your Own Mind
Elks Drug Awareness Program
Faces of Meth Poster
Frontline: A Meth Epidemic
Guide to Recognizing, Understanding and Combating Substance Abuse
Heads Up: Real News about Drugs and Your Body (Grades 5-10)
Just Think Twice
Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol-Free
Lock Your Meds
Marijuana: Facts for Teens
Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know
Memorandum from Superintendent Joy Hofmeister regarding this prescription drug education opportunity
Methamphetamine Drug Guide
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
National Council on Patient Info and Education
National Crime Prevention Council: Drug Abuse
National Drug Facts Week
National Inhalants Prevention Coalition
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Meth
NIAAA Print Publications
NIDA Print Publications
ODMHSAS Prevention Resource Center
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Oklahoma Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Life Skills Education Act (70-1210.229-1)
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Oklahoma Life of An Athlete
Pharmacy Board President Letter
Prescription Drug Poster
Prevention Education for Underage Drinking
Research and Report Drug Series
Road to Nowhere Video
Rx Safety Matters
SAMHSA Print Publications
Spit Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting
Stop Medicine Abuse
Street Drugs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
The Adolescent Addict
The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction (Grades 9-12)
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Tips for Teens: Club Drugs
Tips for Teens: Cocaine
Tips for Teens: Heroin
Tips for Teens: Inhalants
Tips for Teens: Marijuana
Tips for Teens: Methamphetamine
Tips for Teens: Steroids
Tips for Teens: Tobacco
Tobacco Curriculum
Tobacco-Free Kids
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts
Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act


Additional Resources

Description Links
Marijuana Talk Kit - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Marijuana Talk Kit

A research-based guide for parents, educators, and community leaders.

Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents

A guide that focuses on six key things parents can do to help your child grow up drug-free.

Keeping Youth Drug-Free - Outside Link

A chart of commonly abused drugs with street names, how it's administered, and health risks.

Commonly Abused 
Drugs Chart

Chart with pictures of abused pharmaceutical substances.

Abused Pharmaceutical Substances Picture Chart

Fact sheet designed to inform students, parents, educators, and mentors about the harmful effects of Dextromethorphan (DXM) cough and cold medication.

Facts on DXM

This is a toolkit to provide community advocates the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and implement evidence-based methamphetamine prevention programs, policies, and practices.

Oklahoma Methamphetamine Prevention Initiative

Oklahoma state plan for tobacco use prevention and cessation.

State Plan

A pocket guide for alcohol screening and brief intervention for youth.

Pocket Guide

24/7 Tobacco-free school guide is to assist schools in establishing a 24/7 tobacco-free environment for students, staff, and visitors.

Tobacco-Free Guide
Tobacco-Free FAQs
Tobacco-Free Letter

This is a free prevention resource guide for parents, students, and staff.

Prevention Guide

State Department of Education's check out library with substance abuse prevention resources.

Safe and Healthy Schools Video Library Resource List and Checkout Form

Thank you to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs for their assistance with this Web site.

Last updated on October 20, 2016