New Jersey - HE K-12 curriculum—alcohol and drug use/abuse (HS): Curricula

Area: 
Curricula
Policy Type: 
statute; standard
Summary: 

State law addresses alcohol and drug use/abuse.

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40A-1. Instructional programs on drugs, alcohol, anabolic steroids, tobacco and controlled dangerous substances; curriculum guidelines

Instructional programs on the nature of drugs, alcohol, anabolic steroids, tobacco and controlled dangerous substances, as defined in section 2 of P.L.1970, c.226 (C.24:21-2), and their physiological, psychological, sociological and legal effects on the individual, the family and society shall be taught in each public school and in each grade from kindergarten through 12 in a manner adapted to the age and understanding of the pupils. The programs shall be based upon the curriculum guidelines established by the Commissioner of Education pursuant to section 2 of this act, and shall be included in the curriculum for each grade in such a manner as to provide a thorough and comprehensive treatment of the subject.


New Jersey Statutes 18A:40A-2.1 Substance abuse instruction, review of curriculum; report.

  1. a. The Department of Education, in consultation with the Division of Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services, shall review the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education to ensure that guidance for substance abuse instruction incorporates the most recent evidence-based standards and practices.

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40A-2. Curriculum guidelines; annual review and updating; minimum requirements

The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, shall develop curriculum guidelines for education programs on drugs, alcohol, anabolic steroids, tobacco and controlled dangerous substances. These guidelines shall be reviewed annually, and shall be updated as necessary to insure that the curriculum reflects the most current information available on the nature and treatment of drug, alcohol, anabolic steroids, tobacco and controlled dangerous substance abuse and treatment. The guidelines shall provide for a sequential course of study for each grade, K-12, and shall, at a minimum, include:

  • a. Detailed, factual information regarding the physiological, psychological, sociological and legal aspects of substance abuse;
  • b. Detailed information concerning the availability of help and assistance for pupils and their families with chemical dependency problems;
  • c. Decision making and coping skills; and,
  • d. The development of activities and attitudes which are consistent with a healthy life style.

The guidelines shall include model instructional units, shall define specific behavioral and learning objectives and shall recommend instructional materials suitable for each grade level.


New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

Content Area Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
Standard 2.3 Drugs and Medicines: All students will acquire knowledge about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and medicines and apply these concepts to support a healthy, active lifestyle.
Strand B. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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