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  • Substance Abuse Prevention Coping Strategies During Remote Learning

    Posted by Substance Abuse Specialists on 4/8/2020
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  • Sober Apps: New Tools to Help Those in Recovery

    Posted by Plano ISD Substance Abuse Specialist on 3/31/2020
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  • Important information about vaping

    Posted by Plano ISD Substance Abuse Specialist on 11/20/2019

    The safety and well-being of all Plano ISD students are a top priority. Schools across the country have seen a significant increase in the student usage of electronic cigarettes, pens and other vaping devices. Plano ISD has been addressing this issue by talking with students about the health risks and legalities of vaping. Lessons will become available throughout the school year for parents and teachers to share with students. Awareness and refusal skills will be included to help students become informed and empowered to make responsible decisions. As partners in your child’s physical, academic and social emotional development, we want to make you aware of this growing trend and the possible health and legal consequences of vaping.

    As of September 1, 2019, vaping is against the law in the state of Texas for anyone under the age of 21. The usage and possession of these products is prohibited at all Plano ISD campuses, buildings, school-related activities and events. Possession and use also violate the Plano ISD Student Code of Conduct and are subject to disciplinary action. Vaping is the act of ingesting oils that contain nicotine, often designed to be smokeless and odorless, from a small electronic device. In addition, these devices can be outfitted with cartridges/pods to hold THC oil (a concentrated form of marijuana/cannabis extracts). Possession of any amount of THC oil is a felony in Texas, which carries a recommendation for mandatory expulsion, placement in the Collin County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program and additional legal consequences.

    While we are educating our students about the health and legal dangers of vaping, parents and guardians can view this tip sheet, https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipsheet_508.pdf, and take the following steps to support the safety and wellness of your children:

    1. Become knowledgeable about the dangers of vaping. 
    2. Begin an ongoing conversation with your child about the health risks and disciplinary consequences of vaping.
    3. Restrict your child’s access to vaping and e-cigarette devices.
    4. Observe your child for signs of possible usage.

    The Plano ISD substance abuse prevention team and other district personnel have worked together to develop an informational website aimed at helping families identify and address the safety concerns that substance abuse presents. Please visit www.pisd.edu/substanceabuse to access additional resources. 

    We appreciate your efforts in helping us provide a safe and supportive learning environment.

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  • ...Saturday, October 26 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Posted by PISD Substance Abuse Specialist on 10/21/2019 10:00:00 AM

    DEA National Takeback Logo  

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

    The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

    Please go through your prescriptions and dispose of old, outdated or unused medications at one of the take back locations.

    Find a location

     New this Year!

    DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


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  • Vape Watch!

    Posted by PISD Substance Abuse Specialist on 9/30/2019

    …...That one of the most concerning issues with vapes, e-cigarettes, etc., is that it is virtually impossible to visually recognize what is or isn’t inside of the vaping device. Most e-juices look similar (brown, tan, reddish oily consistency) and smell very sweet. The reality is most of these devices are obtained on the black market or online, virtually eliminating the ability to definitively identify the contents of any single vaping device and/or pod.


    As adults, our first steps include sharing knowledge of this growing issue, keeping a close eye out at home and at school for these devices and sweet smells, staying up to date on available research and resources, and talking with our child(ren). Please take a look at the most recently developed vaping device:Picture and description of a vaping device that looks like watch

    Our PISD Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are dedicated to educating and supporting the students and adults in our school community on the vaping and substance abuse. Throughout the school year, they will be hosting “town hall-style” parent information meetings at the schools listed below on the specified dates:

    • Plano Senior High- September 26th- 7:00 p.m.
    • Plano West Senior High - October 2nd- 6:30 p.m.
    • Plano East Senior High- February 20th- 7:00 p.m.

     Community panel members such as: Plano PD, Collin County Substance Abuse, Access Counseling and OnPoint Families will be in attendance to share their expertise about this critical topic. For more information on substance abuse prevention in Plano ISD, please go to https://www.pisd.edu/substanceabuse or call 469-752-5797.

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  • What's the big deal with vaping

    Posted by Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists on 8/30/2019

    ….That e-cigarettes, vaping devices and “dab” pens can be easily hidden, and are often mistaken for things such as USB drives, writing pens and other household items. Please view the photo below that highlights some of the most difficult type of devices to detect.

    image of different vaping devices

    Use of these devices is most commonly referred to as "vaping" or "juuling". A rechargeable battery supplies electricity to turn juice (the liquid substance inside to vapor, which is inhaled like a cigarette or other smoking devices. Many sources will tell you that “vaping” is harmless. However, most vape juices contain nicotine, so much that a few puffs of an e-cigarette device may contain as much or more nicotine as an entire cigarette. Additionally, e-juice  is often used to incorporate other inhalable drugs into the use of the device. A common version of this is a “dab pen”, an e-cigarette with THC-laced wax, or “dab”, which provides a concentrated method to obtain a marijuana high by inhaling vapor. Possession of a “dab pen” or an electronic device with the “dab” substance could result in a felony offense.

    For more information on substance abuse prevention in Plano ISD, please go to www.pisd.edu/substanceabuse

     or call 469-752-5797.

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