Project ALERT Has Returned to RAND
We are pleased to inform you that Project ALERT has returned to the RAND Corporation as of July 1, 2014. As you may recall, Project ALERT was founded and first evaluated for effectiveness by RAND before being transferred to the BEST Foundation in 1991. RAND’s research was the basis for Project ALERT becoming the most widely used substance abuse prevention program of its kind.
Very little about Project ALERT has changed during the transition of the program from the BEST Foundation to RAND. The high-quality website materials, accessibility of Project ALERT staff, the ALERT Educator e-newsletter, and training modules for Project ALERT will continue to be available without interruption. The online training found on the Project ALERT website (www.projectalert.com), as well as all training materials on the site will continue to be offered at no charge.
Questions about training, implementation, and materials will continue to be answered through the Project ALERT hotline at 1-800-ALERT-10 and through our contact form on the website. Our new email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Inhalant Use Decreasing: Government Report
Fewer American teens are abusing inhalants, such as spray paint, glue and gasoline, according to a new government report. The number of teens ages 12 to 17 who used inhalants dropped from 820,000 in 2011, to about 650,000 in 2012. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which released the findings, defines inhalants as “liquids, sprays and gases that people sniff or inhale to get high or to make them feel good,” UPI reports. “This downward trend of inhalant use in adolescents is very encouraging,” Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of the SAMHSA, said in a statement. “Nevertheless, we must all continue our efforts to raise awareness about the dangers and health risks of this deadly and addictive problem among our youth.”
2013 Drug Use Statistics for 8th Graders
The 2013 NIDA's Monitoring the Future Study reports the following national use patterns for 8th graders. While marijuana use has increased half of a perecent over 2012, smoking, alcohol and inhalant use is down. During the last month:
•4.5% smoked cigarettes
•7.0% used marijuana
•10.2% used alcohol
•2.3% used inhalants
Yes, the numbers are high. But nationally, most young people don't use drugs!