Utah - 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.

Utah Code 53G-10-405. Instruction on the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances.

(1) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules providing for instruction at each grade level on the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances upon the human body and society. The rules shall require but are not limited to instruction on the following:

  • (a) teaching of skills needed to evaluate advertisements for, and media portrayal of, alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances;
  • (b) directing students towards healthy and productive alternatives to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances; and
  • (c) discouraging the use of alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substances.

Utah Code 53G-10-406. Underage Drinking Prevention Program.

(2) There is created the Underage Drinking Prevention Program that consists of:

  • (a) a school-based prevention presentation for students in grade 8; and
  • (b) a school-based prevention presentation for students in grade 10 that increases awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

(3) (a) Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, an LEA shall offer the program each school year to each student in grade 8 and grade 10.


Utah State Office of Education: Secondary Health Core Curriculum

Health Education II (9th or 10th Grade)

Standard 3: Students will demonstrate health-promoting and risk-reducing behaviors to prevent substance abuse.

Objective 1: Examine the consequences of drug use, misuse, and abuse.

  • a. Explain short and long term effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (e.g., brain development/function, the multiplier effect, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders).
  • b. Describe the importance of guidelines for the safe use of medicine (e.g., over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, herbal supplements).
  • c. Recognize, respect, and communicate personal boundaries for self and others.
    Utah State Board of Education
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