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

Area: 
Curricula
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses alcohol and drug use/abuse.

Texas Education Code Sec. 28.002. REQUIRED CURRICULUM

(r) In adopting the essential knowledge and skills for the health curriculum under Subsection (a)(2)(B), the State Board of Education shall adopt essential knowledge and skills that address the dangers, causes, consequences, signs, symptoms, and treatment of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning. The agency shall compile a list of evidence-based alcohol awareness programs from which a school district shall choose a program to use in the district’s middle school, junior high school, and high school health curriculum. In this subsection, “evidence-based alcohol awareness program” means a program, practice, or strategy that has been proven to effectively prevent or delay alcohol use among students, as determined by evaluations that use valid and reliable measures and that are published in peer-reviewed journals.


Texas Education Code Sec. 28.002. REQUIRED CURRICULUM

(w) ...the State Board of Education shall adopt essential knowledge and skills that address the dangers, causes, consequences, signs, symptoms, and treatment of nonmedical use of prescription drugs. The agency shall compile a list of evidence-based prescription drug misuse awareness programs from which a school district may choose a program to use in the district’s middle school, junior high school, and high school health curriculums.


Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 163.001. PROGRAM.

(a) The department shall develop a model public health education program suitable for school-age children and shall make the program available to any person on request. The program should emphasize:

  • (1) that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the most effective protection against unwanted teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually;
  • (2) that abstinence from sexual intercourse outside of lawful marriage is the expected societal standard for school-age unmarried persons; and
  • (3) the physical, emotional, and psychological dangers of substance abuse, including the risk of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) through the sharing of needles during intravenous drug usage.

Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §74.35 Additional Requirements for High School Health Classes

(b) Alcohol awareness.

(1) A school district and an open-enrollment charter school shall incorporate instruction in the dangers, causes, consequences, signs, symptoms, and treatment of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning into any course meeting a requirement for a health education credit in accordance with TEC, §28.002(r).

(2) A school district shall choose an evidence-based alcohol awareness program to use in the district's middle school, junior high school, and high school health curriculum from a list of programs approved by the commissioner of education for this purpose.
Source: Office of the Secretary of State


Texas Administrative Code. 115.32. Health 1, Grades 9-10 (One-Half Credit).

(b) Knowledge and skills.

  • (7) Health behaviors. The student analyzes the relationship between unsafe behaviors and personal health and develops strategies to promote resiliency throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
    • (A) identify and describe forms of prescription drug misuse such as combining drugs for another effect and administering a drug improperly and substance use disorders;
    • (B) analyze the harmful effects such as the physical, mental, social, and legal consequences of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, including prescription drugs, and other substances;
    • (C) explain the relationship between alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and other substances used by adolescents and the role these substances play in unsafe situations such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted disease (STD), unplanned pregnancies, and motor vehicle accidents;
    • (D) develop strategies for preventing use of tobacco, alcohol, and other addictive substances;
    • (E) develop strategies for preventing the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs;
    • (F) analyze the importance of alternatives to drug and substance use;
      Source: Office of the Secretary of State
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