Substance abuse prevention for grades 7 & 8

Easy to Adopt and Proven to Work

The Project ALERT curriculum was created and tested by RAND, the nation’s leading think tank on drug policy. Developed over a ten-year period, Project ALERT addresses the pro-drug mindset of today’s teens and effectively increases their likelihood to remain drug-free.

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Convenient Lesson Plans

Your curriculum resources include fourteen easy-to-follow lessons, all available in our convenient eReader or as a download. Each lesson includes implementation hints, reference materials and handouts that you can email directly to your students. 

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12 Projectable Classroom Posters

When information is communicated visually, it's easier for many students to absorb. For that reason, 12 projectable posters are included to support the goals of the Project ALERT curriculum. To preview the posters, select an image thumbnail.

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Eight Online Interactive Student Videos

Most Project ALERT lesson plans are supported by a short video. Featuring candid interviews with older teens and fictional depictions of common situations, these videos amplify lessons by providing helpful conversation starters or setting up role play activities. 

Full length videos can be accessed from resources.

  • Clearing the air
  • Lindsay's choice
  • Paul's fix
  • Pot or not?
  • Pot: the party crasher
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Saying "no" to drugs

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The ALERT Educator includes teaching tips, new trends in substance abuse, related research and other useful information.  You can view, share and save the current newsletter right here or you can join our mailing list.

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How Are You Using Project ALERT?

RAND is reviewing the state of the Project ALERT program, as well as how the program can be enhanced to meet the needs of educators and students.

We want to learn from you! How are you using Project ALERT? What would you like to see changed or improved? Please consider participating in a brief survey to let us know. It should only take about 10 minutes. 

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Monitoring the Future - Updated Data for 2014

The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future national survey of substance use among students in U.S. middle schools and high schools has released results from 2014. Overall, for 8th graders, use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and a number of other illicit drugs declined since the last survey in 2013. Overall trends for all students indicated that both alcohol and cigarette use in this most recent survey were at their lowest points since the study began back in 1975.

E-cigarette use has surpassed cigarette use among 8th graders. Comparison data prior to 2014 are not available as 2014 was the first year e-cigarette use was assessed.

Here are some statistics for 8th graders assessed in 2014:

In the past month…

·         9.0% used alcohol

·         8.7% used e-cigarettes

·         6.5% used marijuana

·         4.0% smoked cigarettes

·         2.7% have been drunk

·         2.2% used inhalants

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