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Substance Abuse Awareness Program (SAAP)

  • Assists schools as they address drug and alcohol use among students.
  • Parents are required to participate so that a collaborative approach may be implemented when combating the causes of substance abuse.
  • Drug and alcohol use and abuse are recognized as complex human behaviors with patterns that vary and are influenced by many forces (i.e., individual, family, school, peer groups, media).
  • The program for students and parents is designed to provide educational awareness regarding substance abuse prevention and available community services.
  • School district personnel and licensed therapists with a background in drug and alcohol education, conduct the 6-hour educational sessions.
  • Evaluations by students and parents who have completed the program indicate a very positive reaction as to the value of the program in improving parent/child relationships, understanding alcohol and other drugs, and in reducing further drug/alcohol use.

Program Objectives

  • Create family awareness of substance abuse as a social problem.
  • Deal constructively with substance abuse in an educational setting.
  • Deter further experimentation with drugs/alcohol.
  • Improve communication between the student and parents
  • Impress upon students that substance use and abuse are serious offenses.

Sessions (6 Hours Total)

Communication & Parent Involvement (3-hours)

  • Discuss issues, feelings, and ideas about alcohol and other drugs
  • Protective and risk factors
  • Improving parent involvement to help decrease the risk of involvement in gangs, violence, and substance abuse 
  • Build trust and communication skills between parent and child

Signs, Symptoms, Facts, & Community Resources (3-hours)

  • Signs and symptoms of use
  • Warning signs
  • Research and the brain
  • Decision making, problem solving, peer pressure, and refusal skills
  • Clark County and Nevada Laws

***NV Senate Bill 177  - Effective October 1, 2013***

Offense Related to Tobacco - Legislative Counsel’s Digest:

  • Authorizes a board of county commissioners to adopt an ordinance which prohibits a minor from PURCHASING or attempting to purchase
    tobacco products, POSSESSING or attempting to possess tobacco products, USING tobacco products or falsely representing his or her age to purchase, possess or obtain tobacco products.
  • A child may be issued a citation for violating the ordinance.
  • A citation for a violation of the ordinance may be issued to a child who is the occupant of a vehicle only if the vehicle is halted or its driver arrested for another offense.
  • A probation officer may act as a master of the juvenile court if the proceeding involves such a citation.
  • A child who violates the ordinance is a child in need of supervision for the purposes of juvenile court proceedings rather than a delinquent child.
  • Sets forth the possible penalties if a child is adjudicated to be in need of supervision because the child has committed a violation of the ordinance.
  • The juvenile court may order a child to pay a $25 fine for a first adjudication, a $50 fine for a second adjudication and a $75 fine for a third or any subsequent adjudication.
  • If the juvenile court orders a child to pay such a fine, section 5 requires the juvenile court to order the child to pay a $10 administrative assessment in addition to the fine.
  • For any adjudication that a child is in need of supervision because the child committed a violation of the ordinance, the juvenile court may order a child to attend a tobacco awareness and cessation program; and (2) for a third or any subsequent adjudication or for a willful failure by the child to pay a fine or administrative assessment, the juvenile court may order a suspension or delay in the issuance of the child’s driver’s license for at least 30 days but not more than 90
  • If the juvenile court orders the suspension or delay in the issuance of a child’s driver’s license, the juvenile court may order the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue to the child a restricted driver’s license that authorizes the child to drive to and from school or work or to acquire medicine or food for himself or herself or for an immediate family member.
  • Existing law prohibits various acts related to tobacco or products made from tobacco. Setcion 11-16 of this bill revise these prohibitions to include tobacco or products made or derived from tobacco, and
    define the term “products made or derived from tobacco.”


School Board Policy Requiring Student Attendance

CCSD Regulation 5141.1

Any student who is found to have possessed, used, sold, or to have in anyway encouraged the possession, use, sale by another of any controlled substance including narcotic drugs, prescription or over the counter drugs (except in accordance with Regulation 5150-Health and Welfare), drug paraphernalia or alcoholic beverages or any represented to be drug paraphernalia or alcoholic beverages must attend and complete the District's Substance Abuse Awareness Program with a parent or guardian.