Substance abuse prevention for grades 7 & 8

Project ALERT Materials on Google Drive
Distance Learning Guidance

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 plus the lesson on prescription opioids and heroin, 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

Lesson materials now available on Google Drive!

In order to further support in-person, virtual, and hybrid learning environments, all our lesson materials—manuals, handouts, video launches, homework, quizzes, supplements, and Google Slides for each lesson (brand new to the curriculum!)—are now available on Google Drive. We hope this “one-stop-shop” will help to maximize organization and delivery for all our program partners.


Material is housed in Teacher Materials and Student Materials folders for each lesson. All elements are available to view, download, and copy to your own Google Drive account. The new slide decks can also be saved in PowerPoint format if that is your preference for presenting the material.


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Although different classrooms—virtual and otherwise—will have varied needs, we have not veered much from the original content of the lessons. You are welcome to use and edit the materials as needed, keeping fidelity of the curriculum front and center. For example, some teachers have added an icebreaker at the beginning of the lesson or brief stretching breaks at opportune times during delivery.  Additions like these do not affect fidelity, and we must adapt to hybrid learning environments.


We're excited to release this new tool to help you stay organized and to take advantage of the different ways Project ALERT can be delivered.  Let us know how it goes!

Join Us for An Exciting Multi-Year Study Opportunity!

A new Project ALERT-GTO (Getting to Outcomes) study presents a rare opportunity to help boost efforts to keep youth healthy and drug-free. ALERT is joining forces with GTO, an evidence-based implementation framework that provides training and ongoing coaching to help organizations launch programs more effectively and get their desired outcomes. If you have been looking to implement a program like ALERT but have not had the resources to jump start it, this study may be able to help!

RAND Corporation, the nonprofit institution that runs Project ALERT and GTO, is looking to partner with a limited number of US school districts beginning in the 2021-22 school year. Teachers who participate in the study will receive stipends to participate in trainings and free access to Project ALERT and GTO materials, as well as enhanced support to implement ALERT effectively. Participating schools will receive an honoriarum for their support of the study while the district will receive assistance in sustaining the program when the study ends.

To learn more about how you can receive an evidence-based drug prevention program and coaching support at no cost:

·       Visit our website

·       Send us an email:

·       Call us toll-free at 1.833.634.1531

We will arrange a follow-up discussion and answer any of your questions.  We would love to have you join us, but spots are going fast!

Study funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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