Frequently Asked Questions

About The Curriculum

  • What are the primary goals of the Project ALERT curriculum?

    The Project ALERT curriculum focuses on preventing teenage non-users from experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as on preventing teenage experimenters from becoming regular users. It achieves these goals by helping adolescents:

    • Understand the consequences of using drugs
    • Develop reasons not to use
    • Establish school-wide norms against use
    • Understand the benefits of being drug-free
    • Recognize that most people don't use
    • Identify pro-drug pressures
    • Counter advertising appeals
    • Resist internal and social pressures to use
    • Communicate with parents
    • Support others in making non-use decisions
    • Recognize alternatives to substance use
    • Learn how to quit

  • Is Project ALERT an evidence-based program?

    Yes. Project ALERT is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. NREPP gives Project ALERT a perfect 4.0 for Quality of Research.

    The Project ALERT curriculum was developed and field-tested over a ten-year period by RAND, the nation's leading research institution on drug policy. The program's proven outcomes have been validated through longitudinal tests conducted by RAND.

    Students receiving Project ALERT:

    • Reduced initiation of marijuana use by 30%
    • Decreased current marijuana use by 60%
    • Reduced past month cigarette use by 20% to 25%
    • Decreased regular and heavy smoking by 33% to 55%
    • Developed significantly enhanced anti-drug beliefs

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  • What does Project ALERT cost?

    A digital version of Project ALERT is available online FREE of charge. You can access lesson plans formatted for eReader technology, streaming videos, projectable posters, and shareable student handouts. FREE online training is available by creating a user account, logging on, and accessing the Online Training module in the left navigation area of the home page. A certificate of training will be provided upon completion of all 14 lessons.

  • Is ALERT an acronym?

    Yes. ALERT stands for Adolescent Learning Experiences Resistance Training.

  • Can I get a brochure?

    Yes. Here is a link to our electronic brochure.

    You can share it, project it, or download and print it.