Maine school administrators are desperate to help their students avoid drugs and alcohol, and prevent addiction, but they struggle with how to reach young people.
Often, principals, assistant principals and guidance counselors may know helpful approaches to take based on research, but haven’t implemented those changes, putting their practices at odds with what they know works.
They say they have little time and few resources to devote to addiction prevention efforts. Some question whether it’s even their responsibility. Many say they can’t do the work without support from the community and guardians.
These are a few broad takeaways from a Bangor Daily News survey sent to every school in Maine to learn how school administrators handle drug prevention programming, what they’ve seen work and not work, and what they need to help struggling children and teenagers.
Sixty-eight percent of high schools filled out the online survey, conducted over a two-week period in August and September. The BDN worked with the Maine Principals’ Association to reach schools. Lindsey Smith, a researcher with the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, reviewed and validated the survey methodology and analytic strategies used to examine the survey data. Click here to read more....