Local Control Accountability Plan

Orange Unified School District
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
1401 North Handy · Orange, CA 92867
(714) 628-5405

Last Updated July 29, 2008

In the event of any questions or comments, please e-mail Cyndi Paik at cypaik@orangeusd.org

What is the DATE Office?

The DATE Office is the Orange Unified School District's Office that addresses issues of drugs, alcohol and tobacco use through strategies of prevention, intervention and positive alternatives.

Substance abuse is a major problem for communities throughout world. Children who engage in substance abuse do so for many reasons. Substance abuse prevents our children from learning, prevents them from achieving to their full potential and in many cases, substance abuse can impact a child's entire future and in the worse case scenarios, can cause death.

The goal of this website is to link you directly to websites locally and across America. This information is for parents, students, staff members and our community. Everyone needs to be educated about substances and their abuse. Substance abuse is wrong and illegal. Hopefully, the following information will increase your knowledge about this important topic and will help you to make good lifetime decisions:

Emergency Information:


Chapman Medical Center

Children's Hospital of Orange

St. Joseph's Hospital - Drug Guide

Western Medical Center

Information for Parents in Spanish:

Para informacion en Espanol acerca de el abuso de drogas -- Oprima aquí

National Institute Drug Addiction Information on Drugs of Abuse - Index

DATE - Signs and Symptoms Flyer

California Youth Services Brochure

o Acid (LSD)

o Alcohol

o Cocaine

o Club Drugs

o Inhalants

o Heroin

o Marijuana

o MDMA (Ecstasy)

o Methamphetamine "Speed"

o Nicotine (Cigarette Smoking)

o PCP (Phencyclidine)

o Prescription Medication

o Steroids (Anabolic)


Hot Topics
Substances Abused in Our Communities

Listed below you will find information on substances that are recognized by district administrators to be problems in our community and in specific cases in our schools.  Please take the time to learn more about the dangers of these drugs/intoxicants and the lifetime impact they have on our young adults/children.



A child who reaches age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol or using drugs is virtually certain never to do so (Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University).  Alcoholism is a national disease that can begin at a very young age and remain as an everyday challenge for a lifetime.

Alcohol and teen drinking

Teens: alcohol and other drugs

Drug use - alcohol

Facts about teen drug and alcohol abuse

The cool spot

Teenage alcoholism can have lifelong effects

The Consequences of Drinking & Driving



Coricidin is dangerous and deadly! There is a national epidemic of students shoplifting, taking a large number of tablets and later going to poison units in their local hospitals for overdosing. Large dosages of "Coricidin" can cause the liver to stop functioning and cause death.

Over the counter drugs

What every parent should know about cough medicine abuse


Abuse of Coricidin - Poison Center Report

Youths risk death for cough-remedy high

Coricidin - Information for Parents

Triple C Fast Facts Flyer



Long-term effects. Recent research findings also link Ecstasy "MDMA" use to long-term damage to those parts of the brain critical to thought and memory. It is believed that the drug causes damage to the neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons.

Ecstasy Drug/MDMA/XTC

Ecstasy caused brain damage

Ecstasy 101

NIDA - Research Report Series - MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse

Drug Rehab Ecstasy Drug Treatment and Ecstasy Rehabilitation Teen Drug Rehab

InfoFacts - MDMA (Ecstasy)

Neuroscience For Kids - MDMA (Ecstasy)

Effects of Ecstasy | Ecstasy Pills | Ecstasy Drug

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When young adults/children use inhalants to get a high, they are destroying brain cells and are risking death.  It is hard to imagine why anyone would sniff paint, computer cleaner or other household cleaners.  It is everyone's responsibility to teach our children about the dangers of substance abuse, especially impressionable elementary and middle school children.

CNN.com - Survey: More teens abusing inhalants - Mar 18, 2004

Inhalant Abuse: It's Deadly

Inhalants - Silent Epidemic

Inhalants - National Drug Threat Assessment 2005

Drugstory | Feature | Teens & Inhalants

Tips for teens - Inhalants

Neuroscience for Kids - Inhalants

Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Inhalants

NIDA for Teens: Mind Over Matter - 'Teachers Guide' - Inhalants

Brain-imaging study offers clues to inhalant abuse—huffing


There are more students abusing marijuana than any other substance.  It is not unusual for school administrators and teachers to visually inspect a student's transcript and see where a child grades go from A's, B's and C's to D's and F's and hear from the student that his/her grades deteriorated when the student started smoking marijuana.  The links below will show you the truth about marijuana.  It is harmful to the body (one joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes) and longtime usage will cause physical and emotional damage.

NIDA - Publications - Marijuana: Facts for Teens

NIDA - Publications - La marihuana: Lo que los padres deben saber

Marijuana's Adverse Effects -- familydoctor.org

Efectos adversos de la marihuana -- familydoctor.org

Marijuana Use - Heavy Marijuana Use Affects Learning, Social Skills

Effects of Marijuana - The Health Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana - Basic Facts About Marijuana

Smokers Underestimate Marijuana's Harm

Long-Term Marijuana Use Affects Memory

Smoking Pot Doubles Risk of Fatal Accident


Marijuana - FAQs for Teens

Marijuana - FAQs for Parents

Marijuana - Marijuana Addiction - Marijuana Abuse Treatment - Drug Dependency

PARENTS - Marijuana Brochure

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Methamphetamine (Speed) is a terrible substance in the hands of young adults/children.  A large number of young adults/children currently in juvenile hall test positive for "speed."  This is a major addictive drug and will ruin a child's future, a family and will become a lifelong problem.  Seek professional help, if you suspect a loved one to be abusing "speed".

Meth Information.pdf

Meth Crystal Meth Methamphetamine Drug Use Teens

10 Things You Oughta Know About... A Top 10 Fact Sheet on Crystal Meth

Methamphetamine, crystal meth effects at SAMHSA's NCADI

Methamphetamine Abuse Leads to Long-Lasting Changes in the Human Brain that are Linked to Impaired Coordination and Memory


meth brain



Addiction and death, the research clearly establish the fact that (1) the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive and the greater likelihood of becoming addicted is in the middle school and high school ages (90% of all smokers begin by age of 19), and (2) long term smoking causes lung cancer and death (20% of all annual deaths in the United States are related to smoking).  Although data currently reports that the numbers of teenager who are smoking has decreased, there are still too many young people smoking.

Welcome to Orange County On Track

Our Health, Our Futures - Substance Abuse - Tobacco Abuse

Freevibe | Drug Facts | Smoking

Kids Most Influenced by Siblings' Drinking, Smoking

NIDA for Teens: Mind Over Matter - Nicotine

Easy to start - hard to quit

Smoking and Youth

Bust'n Out!

InfoFacts - Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

Important Websites:


California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

TUPE - Tobacco Education Program

California Department of Justice - Stop Drugs

Drug Addiction Treatment Center Substance Abuse Detox Programs

Drug Alcohol Treatment Center California: DAAC Resources & Links

WWW Epidemiology Virtual Library

CCRDA - Links To Other Sites


Home - American Lung Association site

Daily dose of drug and alcohol news

Drug story

MADD Online:

National Institute on Drug Abuse

U.S. Department of Education Home Page

The Partnership For a Drugfree America

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition


National Inhalant Prevention Coalition Web Site

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Drug Enforcement Administration Home

Food and Drug Administration Home Page

Welcome to SADD

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

DEA Briefs & Background, Drugs and Drug Abuse, State Factsheets

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools-Espanol

Red Ribbon Week:

Red Ribbon History

National Family Partnership

Red Ribbon Resources

Ten Red Ribbon Week Activities

Chemical Testing:

Drug Abuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, Effects and Testing

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Signs, Symptoms, Effects and Testing

Drug Test FAQ


California Healthy Kids Survey Results:

What is the California Healthy Kids Survey, and why do we do it?

The CHKS was developed under contract from CDE by WestEd in collaboration with Duerr Evaluation Resources. Assisting in its development was an advisory committee of researchers; teachers; school prevention and health program coordinators; and representatives from state and federal agencies, the California Parent and Teachers Association, and the California Association of School Boards. The questions were derived primarily from the biennial California Student Substance Use Survey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

In California, Local Education Agencies and County Offices of Education that accept funds under the federal Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program or the state Tobacco Use Prevention Education program must administer the CHKS at lease once every two years. Beginning with the 2003-04 school year, CDE districts receiving Title IV or state TUPE grants must: (1) conduct a representative district-level survey in grades 5,7,9, and 11 in comprehensive schools, we well as all students in non-traditional, alternative or continuation schools, as determined by the CHKS sampling plan. This includes charter schools that receive SDFSC or TUPE funding through the district; (2) Provide the opportunity to participate to in the survey to all private schools that receive SDFSC services from the district.

The portions of the survey given in the Orange Unified School District relate to (1) alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use; (2) Violence and Safety; (3) Physical Health. Further information about the survey may be found at CHKS: Home (click here).

Click here for OUSD California Healthy Kids Survey information

The results of the California Healthy Kids Survey for our district may be found at your child's school or by calling (714) 628-4073.


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