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NOVEMBER'S CHARACTER TRAIT:  
COURAGE
  
 
Face your fears and work to overcome them
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OHS Drug & Alcohol Awareness Team
Oakville High School has started the Drug & Alcohol Awareness Team.  Our goal is to create a proactive attitude toward drug and alcohol education and raise awareness at OHS, at home, and in our community.  We want to make students aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and ask that you help us in the process.  We believe the more students hear the "Just Say No" message, the more likely they will choose to stay away from these negative influences.

Please check our website for information.  It will be updated periodically.


". . . when youths perceive drug abuse as harmful, they reduce their drug taking."
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
Featured Websites
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National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
http://ncada-stl.org/
According to the NCADA, substance abuse is the leading contributor to death and injury among young people. Since its beginning in 1965, one of the NCADA's major goals has been to teach young people the skills necessary to resist the temptation and pressures to use and abuse drugs.
Annually, the NCADA reaches out to over 100,000 people in attempt to educate about and prevent drug abuse.

On the website, The Library contains valuable information regarding drug, alcohol, and tobacco use. You can also sign up for The Key Newsletter, a quarterly publication which provides articles about the agency and information relevant to substance abuse.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse
http://teens.drugabuse.gov/
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created this website specifically for middle and high school students and their teachers. The website provides information for use in and out of the classroom. NIDA for Teens offers students the opportunity to learn facts about drugs and neuroscience and to support educators and parents as the support student learning.

The site provides various methods for student learning such as printable drug fact handouts, a drug and health blog, interactive activities, and videos. Teachers will also find lessons and teaching guides to use.

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The Partnership at Drugfree.org
http://www.drugfree.org
By bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts and communications professionals, The Partnership at Drugfree.org translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families. At drugfree.org, you can find a wealth of information, tools and opportunities to help prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving
http://www.madd.org
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD works to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. 

In addition to campaigning to end drunk driving and underage drinking, MADD also offers services for victims.  MADD offers advocates and a national support line to provide emotional support and guidance to victims of drunk driving.

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Preferred Family Healthcare
http://www.pfh.org
This non-profit organization was established over 30 years ago and focuses on providing substance abuse treatment/prevention and mental health services to those in need.
Files
 6 Parenting Practices (Drugfree.org).pdf
Research-supported parenting practices to help reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.
 DEA-How Teens Abuse Medicine-2010.pdf
A guide for parents explaining the details of teen drug use and abuse compiled be the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 handbook1011web.pdf
TAKING ACTION HANDBOOK
This is an informative guide to drug abuse prevention designed specifically for parents.

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