Substance abuse prevention for grades 7 & 8

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.  

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.

  • 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

Opioid Training Module Now Available!

Project ALERT has just undergone its most significant training upgrade in its 30-year history. First and foremost, we’ve added an opioid training module to support the “Prescription Opioids and Heroin” curriculum lesson originally published in 2018. Throughout other lessons, we’ve included references to what’s been trending in the last few years - changes in legislation of recreational marijuana, the emergence and current market dominance of vaping, and the rise of social media as an influencer of beliefs and behavior. It’s all captured in a fresher look, while preserving the iconic and diverse characters that have been Project ALERT’s trademark for three decades. The course is now housed on a more modern software platform that’s built to last another 30 years! Check out the upgrade at

Bringing in the opioid training module also meant having to say good-bye to one of the classics, the Inhalant training module and lesson, which have been part of the curriculum since the 90s. The lesson will be retooled in 2021 as a supplemental guide, so if inhalants are a problem issue in your area, the material will still be available should you desire to present it. Until we get a dedicated web page up and running, the original lesson and its supporting materials will remain available upon request. Just ask!

We are excited to release the updated training course after many months of hard work. We would encourage those of you who have already completed the original training to take a tour of the new Prescription Opioids and Heroin module (Core Lesson 8). We are certain it will help prepare you to deliver this very important lesson for these challenging times.

Calling All California Schools: 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. Project 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, the nonprofit institution that runs Project ALERT and GTO, is looking to partner with a limited number of school districts in California 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 honorarium 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:


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

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


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