State law addresses alcohol and Drug-use/abuse.
Tennessee Administrative Rules and Regulations 0520-01-03-.05 State Academic Standard
(c) Instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve (12) in issues of current concern such as character education, environmental education, economic education, career education, family life education, substance use and abuse, AIDS education, sexual abuse prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and safety shall be incorporated in appropriate subject areas and grade levels.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-1-402. Implementation of program : DARE
(a) The state board of education, in conjunction with the department of safety, may implement the curriculum for a statewide drug abuse resistance education (DARE) program to be taught by qualified and trained law enforcement officers in local schools within the state.
(b) The state board and the department may consider and adopt training methods and materials developed for the DARE America program or a comparable program approved by the department.
(c) The state board shall strive to see that the hazards of nicotine abuse are included in the drug-free alliance program. The state board shall encourage the use of culturally relevant educational methods and materials in the drug-free alliance program to inform persons of the hazards of nicotine abuse.
Tennessee Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Standard, High School Standard
Outline of health education requirement
Tennessee Health Education Standard. Substance Use and Abuse. Appropriate Use. Grades 9-12.
Component: Substance Use and Abuse. Subcomponent: Appropriate Use
HS.SUA.1 Describe the proper use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
HS.SUA.2 Predict the benefits of a lifestyle free from chemical misuse (e.g., career goals, healthy relationships, life expectancy).
Component Extension Compare/contrast drugs in terms of their use and abuse
Tennessee Health Education Standard. Substance Use and Abuse. Health Risks. Grades 9-12.
Component: Substance Use and Abuse. Subcomponent: Health Risks
HS.SUA.3 Summarize the consequences of drug use. (i.e., alcohol, tobacco [e-cigs/vaping], prescription medications, marijuana.).
HS.SUA.4 Analyze the role of family, community, and cultural norms in deciding to use drugs.
HS.SUA.5 Articulate the effects of substance misuse and abuse on society (e.g., on school, job, crime, physical enhancement).
HS.SUA.6 Identify common warning signs of opioid and IV drug abuse.
HS.SUA.7 Identify common symptoms of opioid prescription and IV drug overdose.
HS. SUA.8 Demonstrate how to tell a trusted adult that someone you know may be misusing drugs.
Component Extension Role playing peer pressure scenarios, multiplier effect