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Northern Valley School District Sees Fewer Substance Abuse Cases

Dermarest and Old Tappan high schools have both experienced a drop in the number of drug abuse cases at the schools over the past two years.
Dermarest and Old Tappan high schools have both experienced a drop in the number of drug abuse cases at the schools over the past two years. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

DEMAREST, N.J. -- A more intensive anti-drug message has paid off for Northern Valley Regional School District leaders as the number of reported substance-abuse cases continues to decline, according to NorthJersey.com.

The number of substance-abuse cases dropped from 20 in the 2014-15 school year to 16 this year. The numbers are based on the use and possession of drugs on school property, or at school functions, said NorthJersey.com.

Both high schools, Demarest and Old Tappan, have experienced the drop in reported drug use cases.

Superintendent of Schools Geoffrey Gordon pointed to the increase in anti-drug programs with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources as the reason for the drop. In 2014, the district attempted to invoke random drug testing in 2014 that was defeated by voters, added North Jersey.com.

Click here to read the NorthJersery.com article.

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