Orange Unified School District
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
1401 North Handy · Orange, CA 92867
Last Updated July 29, 2008
What is the DATE Office?
The DATE Office is the Orange Unified School District's Office that addresses issues of drugs, alcohol and tobacco use through strategies of prevention, intervention and positive alternatives.
Substance abuse is a major problem for communities throughout world. Children who engage in substance abuse do so for many reasons. Substance abuse prevents our children from learning, prevents them from achieving to their full potential and in many cases, substance abuse can impact a child's entire future and in the worse case scenarios, can cause death.
The goal of this website is to link you directly to websites locally and across America. This information is for parents, students, staff members and our community. Everyone needs to be educated about substances and their abuse. Substance abuse is wrong and illegal. Hopefully, the following information will increase your knowledge about this important topic and will help you to make good lifetime decisions:
IF EMERGENCY CALL 911
National Institute Drug Addiction Information on Drugs of Abuse - Index
Abused in Our Communities
Listed below you will find information on substances that are recognized by district administrators to be problems in our community and in specific cases in our schools. Please take the time to learn more about the dangers of these drugs/intoxicants and the lifetime impact they have on our young adults/children.
A child who reaches age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol or using drugs is virtually certain never to do so (Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University). Alcoholism is a national disease that can begin at a very young age and remain as an everyday challenge for a lifetime.
CORICIDIN (CCC - Triple C):
Coricidin is dangerous and deadly! There is a national epidemic of students shoplifting, taking a large number of tablets and later going to poison units in their local hospitals for overdosing. Large dosages of "Coricidin" can cause the liver to stop functioning and cause death.
Long-term effects. Recent research findings also link Ecstasy "MDMA" use to long-term damage to those parts of the brain critical to thought and memory. It is believed that the drug causes damage to the neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons.
When young adults/children use inhalants to get a high, they are destroying brain cells and are risking death. It is hard to imagine why anyone would sniff paint, computer cleaner or other household cleaners. It is everyone's responsibility to teach our children about the dangers of substance abuse, especially impressionable elementary and middle school children.
There are more students abusing marijuana than any other substance. It is not unusual for school administrators and teachers to visually inspect a student's transcript and see where a child grades go from A's, B's and C's to D's and F's and hear from the student that his/her grades deteriorated when the student started smoking marijuana. The links below will show you the truth about marijuana. It is harmful to the body (one joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes) and longtime usage will cause physical and emotional damage.
Methamphetamine (Speed) is a terrible substance in the hands of young adults/children. A large number of young adults/children currently in juvenile hall test positive for "speed." This is a major addictive drug and will ruin a child's future, a family and will become a lifelong problem. Seek professional help, if you suspect a loved one to be abusing "speed".
Addiction and death, the research clearly establish the fact that (1) the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive and the greater likelihood of becoming addicted is in the middle school and high school ages (90% of all smokers begin by age of 19), and (2) long term smoking causes lung cancer and death (20% of all annual deaths in the United States are related to smoking). Although data currently reports that the numbers of teenager who are smoking has decreased, there are still too many young people smoking.
Red Ribbon Week:
California Healthy Kids Survey Results:
What is the California Healthy Kids Survey, and why do we do it?
The CHKS was developed under contract from CDE by WestEd in collaboration with Duerr Evaluation Resources. Assisting in its development was an advisory committee of researchers; teachers; school prevention and health program coordinators; and representatives from state and federal agencies, the California Parent and Teachers Association, and the California Association of School Boards. The questions were derived primarily from the biennial California Student Substance Use Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
In California, Local Education Agencies and County Offices of Education that accept funds under the federal Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program or the state Tobacco Use Prevention Education program must administer the CHKS at lease once every two years. Beginning with the 2003-04 school year, CDE districts receiving Title IV or state TUPE grants must: (1) conduct a representative district-level survey in grades 5,7,9, and 11 in comprehensive schools, we well as all students in non-traditional, alternative or continuation schools, as determined by the CHKS sampling plan. This includes charter schools that receive SDFSC or TUPE funding through the district; (2) Provide the opportunity to participate to in the survey to all private schools that receive SDFSC services from the district.
The portions of the survey given in the Orange Unified School District relate to (1) alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use; (2) Violence and Safety; (3) Physical Health. Further information about the survey may be found at CHKS: Home (click here).
The results of the California Healthy Kids Survey for our district may be found at your child's school or by calling (714) 628-4073.