What To Do if You Observe Signs of Underage Alcohol Use
As with all sensitive issues involving students, educators need to follow appropriate
policies and procedures. Your school or school district may have substance abuse
prevention and treatment programs. Your school nurse may be the person responsible
for referrals. Be sure to check with the proper authority.
Your county’s health department probably has substance abuse services and is another
good source for information. The county agency may be called “alcohol and drug programs”
or “behavioral health” or may be within a mental health services division. A call
to the county health agency’s general information number should point you in the
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Substance
Treatment Facility Locator
includes a quick search feature to help you find details about substance abuse treatment
programs in your area.