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Project ALERT


Program Description

Project ALERT is a school-based, substance use prevention program for middle or junior high school students. The program aims to prevent adolescent nonusers from experimenting with alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana and prevent adolescent users of these substances from becoming more regular users. Based on the social influence model of prevention, the program is designed to help motivate young people to avoid using drugs and to teach them the skills they need to understand and resist pro-drug social influences.

The curriculum comprises 11 lessons in the first year and 3 lessons in the second year. Lessons involve small-group activities, question-and-answer sessions, role playing, and the rehearsal of new skills to stimulate students' interest and participation. The content focuses on helping students understand the consequences of drug use, recognize the benefits of nonuse, build norms against use, and identify and resist pro-drug pressures.

Program Snapshot
Evidence Ratings
Alcohol Use and Disorders
Cannabis Use and Disorders
Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs About Substance Use
Tobacco Use and Disorders
Inhalant Use and Disorders
Program Contact
Phyllis Ellickson, Ph.D.


310.393.0411
phyllis_ellickson@rand.org


Dissemination/Implementation Contact
Eric Pedersen, Ph.D.
Director, Project ALERT

1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA  90407


800.253.7810
projectalert@rand.org
http://www.projectalert.com

Program Type
Substance use disorder prevention

Gender
Male
Female

Age
6-12 (Childhood)
13-17 (Adolescent)


Geographic Locations
Urban
Suburban
Rural and/or frontier


Settings
School / Classroom

Race/Ethnicity
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White
Other

Implementation/Dissemination
Not Specified