Bullying Prevention "A student is being bullied when he or she is repeatedly exposed to negative actions on the part of one or more other students" (Olweus, 1993). Bullying behavior is meant to hurt another person and is carried out by someone seeking power or control over another person. There are three forms of bullying - physical, emotional, and social. Various resources are available for students, parents, school staff, administrators, and community members to assist in bullying prevention.
Under Arizona’s driver's license law, minors are eligible to receive a class G license if they complete an approved driver's education program or have a parent or guardian certify that they received 30 hours of supervised driving practice, 10 of those at night, and have had a learner’s permit for five months. Completing an ADE-approved program satisfies the driver’s license law.
A public or private high school may participate in the Arizona Department of Education’s Driver Education Program, provided the following requirements are met:
Students receive 30 hours of classroom instruction;
Students receive 6 hours (or the equivalent) of behind-the-wheel instruction (BTW);
The class, and BTW is taught by a certified teacher with a driver education endorsement;
The principal or superintendent verifies the school information.
The Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), allows driver education teachers in participating schools to issue Certificates of Completion to their students who successfully complete the course. MVD waives the behind-the-wheel portion of the driver’s license test for students with Certificates of Completion. However, MVD reserves the right to administer tests to any applicant if the field station representatives believe doing so would be in the interest of public safety. Contact Third Party Driver Services at (602) 712-4700 for more information.
Opioids, commonly known as painkillers, are pain-relieving drugs naturally derived from poppy flowers or lab-made, semi-synthetic substitutes. They work by attaching to particular sites in the brain called opioid receptors, which carry messages to the brain. Learn more.
Los opioides son una clase de drogas que incluyen la heroína, los analgésico de venta con receta y opioides sintéticos como el fentanilo, una sustancia que es 100 veces más potente que la morfina y que es mezclada con frecuencia en la heroína, la cocaína, la metanfetamina y las píldoras falsificadas. Busque más.
Prescription opioids and illegal opioids like counterfeit pills with fentanyl are addictive and can be deadly. More than five people die every day from opioid overdoses in Arizona. In 2017, a statewide public health emergency was issued to reduce opioid deaths. We continue to collect opioid data and take action to address the ongoing opioid crisis in our state.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.1 It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed as transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States. However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product—with or without the user’s knowledge—to increase its euphoric effects. Learn more.
In 2021, an overdose involving fentanyl was the leading cause of death in individuals 1-19 years old. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Under medical supervision, prescription fentanyl is used to treat severe pain. However, fentanyl is also illegally produced. Illicit fentanyl is often made to look like prescription pills or multi-colored candy. Although they may look authentic, one pill can kill. Read more.
En el 2021, las sobredosis que involucraron fentanilo fueron la causa principal de muertes en personas entre 1-19 años. El fentanilo es un opioide sintético 50 veces más fuerte que la heroína y 100 veces más fuerte que la morfina. Bajo supervisión médica, el fentanilo recetado se usa en el tratamiento de dolores severos. Pero, el fentanilo también es producido ilegalmente. El fentanilo ilícito frecuentemente tiene la apariencia de pastillas recetadas, o más recientemente, dulces de colores. Aunque parezcan auténticas, una sola pastilla puede ser mortal. Lee más.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent. It is prescribed for pain in its prescription form, but fentanyl is also made illegally and distributed as a street drug. Illegal fentanyl is sold as a powder or made into pills that look like prescription opioids (pain relievers). Read moreFentanyl Facts for Schools (PDF)
El fentanilo es un poderoso opioide sintético, similar a la morfina pero de 50 a 100veces más potente. Ensu forma de prescripción médica se prescribe para el dolor, pero el fentanilo también se fabrica ilegalmente y sedistribuye como droga callejera. El fentanilo ilegal se vende en polvo o en pastillas que parecen opioides reales(analgésicos) recetados. Lee másDatos del Fentanilo para Escuelas (PDF)
La naloxona es un medicamento que revierte rápidamente una sobredosis de opioides. Es un antagonista opioide, es decir, se adhiere a los receptores opioides y revierte y bloquea los efectosde otros opioides. La naloxona puede restablecercon rapidez la respiración normal de una persona que respira lentamente o ha dejado de respirar acausa de una sobredosis de opioides. Pero la naloxona no tiene ningún efecto en quien no tiene opioides en el organismo y no es tampoco un tratamiento para un trastorno por consumo de opioides. Entre las drogas opioides see encuentran la heroína, el fentanilo,la oxicodona (OxyContin®),lahidrocodona (Vicodin®),la codeína y la morfina. Lee más.
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. But, naloxone does not affect someone who does not have opioids in their system, and it is not a treatment for an opioid use disorder. Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine.Read more.
This is the teacher’s guide for the “Mind Matters” series, developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. “Mind Matters” includes nine engaging printed materials designed to help students in grades 5 – 8 understand the biological effects of drug misuse on the brain and body, along with identifying how these drug-induced changes affect both behaviors and emotions. There is no more critical time to address these issues with adolescents than in the middle school years when they are forming opinions about the health risks of drugs. These educational materials are also easy to print and use. View the Guide.
Operation Prevention's school resources provide educators with engaging tools aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, students will explore the science behind substance misuse and the resulting impacts on our brains and body. Discover more.
The Department is taking a two-pronged approach to addressing the opioid crisis: 1) Helping to educate students, families, and educators about the dangers of opioid misuse and about ways to prevent and overcome opioid addiction and; 2) Supporting State and local education agencies' efforts to prevent and reduce opioid misuse. Learn more.
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
It is difficult, but you must talk to your kids about drugs. By using a mix of praise and criticism, you can correct your child’s behavior without saying your child is bad. This helps children build self-confidence and learn how to make healthy and safe choices. In time, making intelligent choices on their own will become easier. Learn more.
A través de establecer una buena comunicación los padres con frecuencia pueden detectar los problemas, apoyar y fomentar las buenas decisiones y mantenerse involucrados en la vida de su hijos. Hablando con su hijo sobre el uso y el abuso de sustancias debe ser un proceso, no un evento singular. Nuevas oportunidades y tentaciones se presentarán varias veces y por desgracia, cada vez con mayor frecuencia a medida que su hijo entre en la adolescencia. Lee más.
America is facing an “opioid epidemic,” and there has been a growing number of overdoses due to opioids. Parents are a pivotal influence on youth’s experimentation and use of substances. So, how can you help support your child and stop the deadly cycle of heroin use and opioid pill misuse as a parent or caregiver? This guide has been designed to help you learn more about the opioid problem, recognize warning signs, and open up lines of communication with your child and those in your community. View the Parent Toolkit.
They say that "the only thing permanent in life is change," which may very well be true. But just because change is natural, that doesn't make it any easier, especially for teens. Studies show that adolescents who haven't tried drugs or alcohol are more likely to start during times of transition to cope with stress. But don't worry, while change is a part of life, risky behavior, like drug and alcohol use, doesn't have to be. This guide has everything you need to know to help keep your child healthy and happy during transition periods.
“My Generation Rx” includes resources designed to educate teens about the importance of using medications safely, as well as teaching teens key skills to turn down invitations to misuse and positive alternatives to cope with the demands of life. These materials could be delivered in formal classroom settings, after-school programming, youth organization meetings, or any other venue with teen audiences. View the resources.