Substance Use

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Hanover County Public Schools provides a substance use prevention model that extends throughout the students' educational careers. Starting in fourth grade, students are introduced to the SODA program, Student Organization for Developing Attitudes. In fifth grade, the students are exposed to the D.A.R.E. program in conjunction with the Hanover County Sheriff's Office. Sixth graders have a series of four lessons dedicated to information and refusal skills called Project Choice. Seventh graders participate in the 7th Up program with a booster lesson in eighth grade, which focuses on the transition to high school. All ninth graders are involved in Project Thrive, which makes students aware of their propensity for drug use and the impact drug and alcohol use have on the brain.

Intervention counselors also work with the students to plan pre-prom assemblies in all four high schools. Intervention counselors are available to parents and students for counseling on substance use issues and as coordinators for resources. 


To make a referral to our intervention counselor, we invite you to access the Intervention Counselor Referral Form or contact Majken Whitaker. You may also leave a confidential voice mail at (804) 730-2503

Hanover Cares

The Hanover Cares coalition mobilizes community awareness of substance use issues into actions that develop and support healthy opportunities for youth and parents. These opportunities are targeted at the reduction of substance abuse in our community. By providing educational opportunities and community-building events, the coalition promotes wellness and confidence to equip our youth with strategies for good decision-making. For more information contact (804) 292-4097.

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