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

Winter 2017 State of Project ALERT Brief Survey

RAND is reviewing Project ALERT to see how the program can be enhanced to meet the needs of educators and students in today's world. We need the help of our community partners to inform our plan moving forward, including our commitment to keep the program free and accessible to all educators.

 

Are you using Project ALERT at your school? If so, how are you using Project ALERT? If not, why not? What would you like to see changed or improved?

 

Please consider participating in a brief survey to let us know. It should only take about 5-10 minutes. We want to hear from all educators, regardless of whether you are using the program or not.

 

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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 2015

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Calling all student directors, actors, and producers!

Project ALERT announces its first ever Video Contest. We are looking for educators and students to revamp our classic classroom video, Lindsey's Choice. In addition to their video becoming part of the nationally-known and widely-used Project ALERT curriculum, the wining team will receive an engraved trophy to display at their school/organization and a $250 Amazon gift card!

Please see link below. Share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues!

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