Texas - HE K-12 curriculum—alcohol and drug use/abuse (MS): 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. 115.22. Health Education, Grade 6.

(b) Knowledge and skills.

  • (7) Health behaviors. The student engages in behaviors that reduce health risks throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
    • (A) demonstrate an understanding of basic first-aid procedures;
    • (B) describe chemical dependency and addiction to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, including prescription drugs, and other substances;
    • (C) explain the relationship among tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and other substances and the role these items play in unsafe situations such as drinking and driving and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted disease (STD) transmission;
    • (D) identify ways such as alternative activities to prevent the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and other substances;
    • (E) identify ways to prevent substance misuse, including the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and substance use disorders
      Source: Office of the Secretary of State
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