What Makes Project ALERT Unique?

by Phyllis Ellickson, PhD
With schools and localities battered by budget cuts, getting good value for all instructional programs has taken on increasing importance.  What does this mean for drug prevention?  Ultimately, the argument for drug prevention programs rest on their ability to reduce use of alcohol and ...
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Book Review

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

by Isabel Burk, MS, CPP, CHES
Joseph A. Califano’s new book, “How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid,” is a comprehensive volume featuring state-of-the-art prevention research complemented by data, anecdotes, and practical strategies. Mr. Califano is founder and chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Subs...
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Easy Ideas Make Lessons More Engaging—and Effective

by Jo-Anne Bowen, PhD
Want to rev up the meter on how much your students learn in Project ALERT? Here are several simple strategies.   When I’m giving a training session on Project ALERT, I suggest that at the beginning of each class teachers share with students their proximal goal for the lesson—wh...
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2009 Prevalence of Use Statistics

Young people are using drugs. And when students think everyone is doing it, using tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or inhalants... they may feel more pressure to use them too. When students overestimate the number of their peers who are involved in drug use, they are less likely to perceive social su...
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1.     Stay updated on current teen use data.  Each year new statistics on teen drug and alcohol use are reported via the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, where over 50,000 nationally representative 8th, 10th, and 12th graders are surveyed...
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