Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among children has passed the Senate Education Committee.
Legislation by Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin seeks to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among children by encouraging implementation of the Natural High Drug Prevention Program in school districts throughout New Jersey. (Facebook/Natural High)
The bill, S-1010/A-2422, encourages the implementation of the Natural High Drug Prevention Program in school districts throughout New Jersey. The national nonprofit organization inspires youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. The program will focus on key components of the research-based curriculum developed by Natural High.
“We have teamed up with Natural High because this is a positive, life altering program that teaches students to find their natural high through focusing on their passions, whether that is sports, music or art,” said Senator Holzapfel. “This program gives kids another option to resist drugs and adopt a drug-free lifestyle instead of ‘just saying no.’”
Under the bill, the curriculum for the Natural High Drug Prevention Program will include seven key components such as identifying and engaging in positive activities, the benefits of engaging in natural highs and the consequences of drug use, setting goals, peer pressure, personal values, connecting with positive role models and the facts and myths associated with drug use and a drug-free lifestyle.
“Natural High was introduced to us by Donald Brown, a Red Bank Catholic High School graduate and seven-year NFL Running Back who is now a Natural High Ambassador,” continued Assemblyman Wolfe. “We are fortunate to have him share his experiences and bring to the forefront the important issue of reducing drug use among youths with this program.”
“I’d like to thank Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen Wolfe and McGuckin for recognizing that this program has the potential to change the lives of so many students in New Jersey,” said Donald Brown. “I have witnessed, firsthand, the benefits of finding one’s passion and focusing attention on a positive, drug free lifestyle with the help of mentors and role models. My ultimate dream was to play in the NFL and with that desire came dedication to the sport and finding my natural high. My goal is to share my story with as many youths as possible. It is my hope that this legislation will help us to reach thousands of students and teach them how to achieve their own natural high.”
Natural High has an educator network of 20,000 teachers, school guidance counselors and mentors who use Natural High’s 50 role-model videos and 150 researched based curriculum guides and worksheets which are also guided by Common Core standards, the Search Institutes research and Social-Emotional Learning principles. Natural High understands that there are life changing principles.
“Our district has witnessed the devastating impacts that drug abuse has had on so many of our residents. If programs such as Natural High are incorporated into a school’s curriculum with help of ambassadors and celebrity influences sharing their stories, students can see that choosing a drug-free lifestyle and focusing on your natural abilities creates a path to a bright and successful future,” added Assemblyman McGuckin.
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