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Needham High cracks down on prescription drugs

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 10, 2007 08:08 AM

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Needham High School Principal Paul Richards
(Globe staff photo by Tom Landers)

NEEDHAM

Needham High School Principal Paul Richards has revised the substance abuse policy to include safeguards against the abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

Students who are under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, and now legal drugs used illegally will be suspended for at least three days. Students possessing these drugs on campus without permission from a nurse will be suspended for at least five days with the possibility of expulsion. Distributing drugs, legal and illegal, is grounds for at least a 10 day suspension or expulsion.

Richards also revised the code to include mandatory substance abuse counseling within 30 days of a violation.

In April, Superintendent Daniel E. Gutekanst and Police Chief Thomas J. Leary agreed to collaborate to prevent juvenile substance abuse and violence on and off campus. Gutekanst also implemented a zero tolerance policy in which students who bring drugs, weapons, or cause violence on campus can be prosecuted.

- Lauren K. Meade

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