The Drug Lady

Meet Rhana

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I am trained in Classroom Health Education, Behavioral Interventions, Youth Development, Drug Education, Harm Reduction, Life Skills Coaching, and Mindfulness techniques. I have extensive experience supporting young people, parents, organizations, and schools in addressing drug-related issues.  


I have been serving the Oakland Unified School District since 2016 as a coordinator of the drug prevention and intervention services at Rudsdale Continuation School, Oakland Technical Highschool, Skyline Highschool, Bret Harte Middle School, Urban Promise Academy, and United for Success Academy.  In addition to working directly with youth in classrooms and 1x1 coaching sessions, I train parents on current drug-related trends and tools to start conversations about drugs with their kids.  I have designed the first UC Berkeley student-run course on the War on Drugs and its societal consequences. I have held leadership roles for organizations such as Students for Sensible Drug Policy and have facilitated training and done program development for organizations such as Vivensity and The Berkeley Student Co-Ops. I received a bachelor's degree with honors in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on drug policy, schooling, and race. I have studied Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda with Prashanti de Jager, Kirantana Khalsa, and Chandanni Miglino. I have influences from various fields, such as positive psychology, indigenous medicine, neuroscience, Vipassana meditation, and community health. 

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