December 13, 2018

Enlisting Teachers in the War Against Drugs

If we want to be successful in the war against drugs, we need to enlist schoolteachers. This is because many people start their drug habits while still at school — hat is, while still under the care of their teachers. And once they start their drug habits, it is usually just a matter of time before the habits grow into full-blown addictions. Yet if the drug habits are arrested early enough, before they grow into full blown addictions, the outcomes would be better.

In enlisting teachers in the war against drugs, we need to:

  1. Get the teachers to identify at-risk students: teachers interact with the students for many hours, on a day to day basis. This gives them the opportunity to identify students who are at risk of getting hooked to drugs.
  2. Get the teachers to identify students who have started using drugs: even if the teachers are unable to identify the students who are at risk of getting hooked to drugs, they at the very least have the opportunity to clearly identify those who have started using the drugs.
  3. Get the teachers to know how to deal with students who have started using drugs: here we would be looking at things like enrolling the students for counseling sessions, coordinating with the parents and law enforcement… among other prudent courses of action.
  4. Get the teachers to know what they can do, to protect their students from drugs: this is where, for instance, the teachers can be trained on how to deal with their students in a respectful manner. When students are handled in a disrespectful manner, they get stressed, and some end up seeking solace in drugs. The teachers also need to be trained on how to create school schedules that are not too stressful to the students. The schedules should ideally be flexible, modeled along the same lines as the cvs myhr online schedule. If students are subjected to schedules that are too tight, they get stressed. And that too leads to a situation where some of the students seek solace in drugs.