New Supplement on Heroin and Opioids
Project ALERT has just published a new supplement, Heroin and Other Opioids. We hope you will be able to set aside a few minutes to review some important facts and statistics about this issue with your students.
As with our recently-published supplements on marijuana and e-cigarettes, we kept the reading level appropriate for middle schoolers, making the guide suitable to use as a hand-out.
We hope you find this guide to be a useful and timely supplement to the Project ALERT curriculum.
Monitoring the Future - Updated Data for 2015
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 2015. Overall, for 8th graders, use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and a number of other illicit drugs remained steady or declined slightly since the last survey in 2014. 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 and rates grew slightly from 2014.
Here are some statistics for 8th graders assessed in 2015:
In the past month…
· 9.7% used alcohol
· 9.5% used e-cigarettes
· 6.5% used marijuana
· 3.6% smoked cigarettes
· 3.1% have been drunk
· 2.0% used inhalants
New Supplement on Marijuana
Project ALERT has just published a new supplement on marijuana. It includes some of the basics (e.g., what forms does marijuana come in?; why does it make you “high”?) to more complex information and current issues (e.g., is marijuana addictive?; what is medical marijuana?). As issues surrounding the legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana are increasingly present in the culture and on the news, we encourage Project ALERT facilitators to incorporate this up-to-date information into one or more lessons.
We suggest reviewing the marijuana supplement prior to implementing Core Lesson 2, Consequences of Smoking Cigarettes and Marijuana. You may find some helpful answers to common FAQs that students might ask during this session.
We hope you find this new supplement useful as you talk to students and other colleagues who are teaching Project ALERT.