Making the Grade: A Guide to School Drug Prevention Programs rates 47 programs for their effectiveness in preventing alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among children. The following six programs got an A:
Michigan Model: A comprehensive health program for grades K-8 that emphasizes resistance to tobacco, alcohol, and drugs as a part of training in social and personal skills.
Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program: Alcohol-use-prevention program for grades 6-8; emphasizes the ability to recognize influences on behavior and how to refuse.
Life Skills Training: Program for grades 6-8 or 7-9 that emphasizes resistance to tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use within the context of broader personal and social skills.
Project ALERT: A two-year curriculum for grades 6 and 7 or 7 and 8 emphasizing resistance to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; includes dealing with peer pressure and with internal or perceived pressure.
Project Northland: Alcohol use and abuse resistance for grades 6-8 with emphasis on resistance and decisionmaking.
STAR (Student Taught Awareness and Resistance): Two-year program, with bulk of sessions in first year, for grades 5-8; focuses on resistance skills and emphasizes short-term effects of drugs.
Single copies of the report are available for $12.95 each, or $9.95 each for orders of five or more, from Drug Strategies, 2445 M St. N.W., Suite 480, Washington, D.C. 20037.
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