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Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Awareness & Prevention

San Dieguito Union High School District recognizes the serious health risks presented by the use of alcohol and drugs. SDUHSD is a drug and alcohol-free district. Information and resources are provided to students, parents, and staff regarding health and prevention, as well as substance use and abuse issues. Staff works closely with both intervention specialists and law enforcement to support students.
Information Parents & Students Should Know

Information Parents & Students Should Know

Board Policies related to Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs.
SDUHSD ATOD Intervention and Prevention services are designed to be site-based, multi-tiered, and individualized. The goal is educational with increased awareness, no use of drugs or alcohol for underage students along with the reduction of harmful consequences. The intended outcomes are that students who participate in this program will: 

  • Develop a new/enhanced awareness of substance use issues including identification of negative impacts on health, lifestyle, and relationships
  • Learn further decision-making and refusal skills essential to maintain a life free from drugs and alcohol.
  • Understand the potential patterns of relapse and strategies for preventing relapse.

Students found using or in possession of alcohol or any controlled substances on a school site are referred to the Site Administrator. The Site Administrator's office will implement the disciplinary consequences and meet with parents/caregivers about the violation and consequences and complete mandatory referral and consent forms.  

A student MAY be suspended and/or expelled for possessing, using, selling*, furnishing or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the school administration may report such conduct to the police for such offenses. (Cal. Ed. Code 48900(c),{d) and 48902(b). Unlawful possession of drugs (other than a first offense for no more than an ounce of marijuana) requires an expulsion referral unless the principal determines that expulsion is inappropriate given the particular circumstances. {Cal. Ed. Code 48915(a)(3). Ultimately, the principal can decide whether alternatives to an expulsion referral are appropriate. *The sale of a controlled substance at school or at a school-sponsored activity off school grounds requires a mandatory suspension and expulsion referral. (Ed. Code 48915(c}C3).
In addition to these disciplinary consequences, SDUHSD would like to assist students by providing them with multi-tiered restorative support services, including online modules and Brief Intervention Sessions that can address potential substance abuse issues. 
For more information about the ATOD program, please contact your school counselor or assistant principal. 


Fentanyl is a major contributor to drug overdoses in California, including among youth. Fentanyl is an extremely potent and dangerous synthetic opioid, like heroin and morphine, and is laboratory-engineered to be about 50 times stronger than heroin. This means even small amounts can lead to a fatal overdose. Fentanyl is powerful and difficult to detect. 
People who make or sell drugs sometimes add small amounts of fentanyl to other substances in ways that are not noticeable to the user. Fentanyl is now commonly present in counterfeit pills sold on the internet posing as prescription drugs, such as Oxycodone, Xanax, Percocet, Vicodin, and Adderall. Fake prescription pills are easily accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms, making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors. Pills obtained through social media are especially dangerous and the Drug Enforcement Agency reports that 7 out of every 10 pills confiscated contain enough fentanyl to kill. 
Fentanyl misuse may result in an intense, short-term high; temporary feelings of euphoria; slowed respiration and reduced blood pressure, nausea, fainting; seizures or death. Methamphetamine misuse may result in agitation; increased heart rate and blood pressure; increased respiration and body temperature; anxiety and paranoia. High doses can cause convulsions, cardiovascular collapse, stroke or death. Overdose may result in stupor, changes in papillary size, cold and clammy skin, cyanosis, coma, and respiratory failure leading to death. The presence of a triad of symptoms such as coma, pinpoint pupils, and respiratory depression are strongly suggestive of opioid poisoning.
With a fentanyl-poisoned drug supply, avoiding drug use is the surest way to prevent an overdose. The only safe medications come from licensed and accredited medical professionals.
care solace

care solace

For further mental health supports, SDUHSD partners with CareSolace, a confidential online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line (888) 515-0595 meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special request. Care Solace is available for use by San Dieguito families at no cost. Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely. 
Disclaimer: These external links are provided purely as resources for educational purposes and SDUHSD does not endorse any specific external agencies/services. These resources do not replace the need for medical or psychological intervention. If you are in need of more help, please reach out to a counselor or medical or mental health professional. If you need immediate help, text TALK to 38255 to anonymously speak with a trained counselor 24/7 or visit these immediate 24/7 Support Resources.