Project ALERT has recently published its newest supplemental guide, Club and Other Drugs: Information for Educators and Youth, wiith important information for educators and youth about the dangers of ecstasy, methamphetamine, DXM, LSD, stimulants, sedatives, and steroids. We recommend that you share this resource and our other guides on marijuana, e-cigarettes, and heroin/opioids with your students.
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.
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 completionPreview Module
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.Preview Lesson 1
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.
Project ALERT classroom videos are now available for streaming and download on via iTunes Podcast.
New Supplement on Club and Other Drugs
Monitoring the Future - Updated Data for 2016
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 2016. Overall, for 17,600 8th graders polled, use of alcohol, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, marijuana, and a number of other illicit drugs remained steady or declined since the last survey in 2015. Both annual and monthly prevalence of alcohol use for 8th graders are at historic lows since the study began back in 1975.
Here are some statistics for 8th graders assessed in 2016:
In the past month…
· 7.3% used alcohol, compared to 9.7% in 2015
· 6.2% used e-cigarettes, compared to 8.0% in 2015
· 5.4% used marijuana, compared to 6.5% in 2015
· 2.6% smoked cigarettes, compared to 3.6% in 2015
· 1.8% have been drunk, compared to 3.1% in 2015
· 1.8% used inhalants, compared to 2.0% in 2015More info
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Are you interested in partnering with RAND on Project ALERT research efforts? Let us know by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits to participation may include free in-person trainings, dedicated support to help your school or organization implement Project ALERT, and student and teacher monetary incentives. We can likely also offer a honorarium to the schools that partner with us. We are looking for schools to partner with regardless of whether the school is currently using the program or not.
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