Substance abuse prevention for grades 7 & 8

Easy to Adopt and Proven to Work

The Project ALERT curriculum was created and tested by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. 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.

Self-paced Training

Introducing Project ALERT to your classroom is easy with our online training program. You control the pace of your training, and we’re always available to answer questions and offer support.

The online training was designed to be completed in about 5 to 6 hours, but will vary by user. You must do all 11 core and 3 booster lessons to receive your certificate. It will be emailed to you within 24 hours of completion

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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. 

To access all 14 Project ALERT Lesson Plans, click here

Hard copies of materials are no longer available. Everything is freely available at the link above.  

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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.

View posters here.

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


Project ALERT classroom videos are now available for streaming and download on via iTunes Podcast.

Electronic Newsletters

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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What's New

New Supplement on Club and Other Drugs

Monitoring the Future - Updated Data for 2017

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 2017. 

Here are some statistics for 8th graders assessed in 2017:

In the past month…

· 8.0% used alcohol, compared to 7.3% in 2016 and 9.7% in 2015

· 6.6% used a vaporizer, compared to 6.2% in 2016 and 8.0% in 2015

· 3.5% vaped nicotine and 1.6% vaped marijuana

· 5.5% used marijuana, compared to 5.4% in 2016 and 6.5% in 2015

· 1.9% smoked cigarettes, compared to 2.6% in 2016 and 3.6% in 2015

· 2.2% have been drunk, compared to 1.8% in 2016 and 3.1% in 2015

· 2.1% used inhalants, compared to 1.8% in 2016 and 2.0% in 2015

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Project ALERT’s Dr. Pam Luna on NPR

In early March, Alex Cohen of southern California radio station KPCC interviewed Project ALERT senior trainer Dr. Pam Luna on the topic of the state’s recently-approved recreational marijuana legislation and its potential impact on youth.

The file is available here for download.

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