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Schools and Addictive Substances

Concepts and recommendations on how schools (primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, colleges and primary art schools) and school facilities should act in the incidence of risky behaviour – i.e. substance abuse – are summarised in the guidance note of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Guidance note on primary prevention of risky behaviour in children and young people, Ministry of Education Document No.: 21291/2010-28).

Although the age of criminal liability is set at 15 in the Czech Republic, the manufacture, distribution, possession, spreading and promotion of narcotic and psychotropic substances is prohibited regardless of the age of pupils/students. It is also prohibited to incite or encourage the use of narcotic or psychotropic substances.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports recommends in the guidance note that schools include in the School Code a ban on the use of narcotic and psychotropic substances, their distribution, possession and other forms of treatment. The School Code also bans entering the school under the influence of narcotic or psychotropic substances (it may also include a ban on being under the influence of such substances during school hours or when taking part in events organized by the school) and lays down sanctions for violation of the ban. In applying sanctions, the school should always take an individual approach to each case of violation and carefully consider its seriousness and circumstances.

The paragraphs below describe individual “offences” in relation to addictive substances and school.

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