Drug, Alcohol and Violence Prevention Programs
The Learning Lamp offers research-based drug, alcohol and violence prevention programs for all ages.
THIS IS (NOT) ABOUT DRUGS
This is (Not) About Drugs fills a critical gap in commonly-used prevention education curricula that stops short of discussing opioids and heroin and the brain science of addiction. Overdose Lifeline developed This is (Not) About Drugs to educate young people about the risks and consequences of misusing prescription opioids and provide alternatives to using drugs and alcohol in dealing with the issues, stresses and pressures facing today’s teens. After completing the 45-minute core lesson, students will know and understand:
- Drug and alcohol use can lead to heroin use, addiction, overdose and death
- The risks of heroin and prescription pain medicine drug use
- The impacts of heroin, drugs, and alcohol on the user and the user’s family and friends
- Alternatives to using heroin, drugs and alcohol
- The many ways to ask for help with drugs and addiction
- Currently available information and assistance resources
This is (Not) About Drugs features a peer-to-peer video and accompanying PowerPoint and includes a pre/post program survey to measure student outcomes. The program produced a nearly 38% increase in knowledge gained and personal conviction NOT to misuse prescription drugs based on students’ pre- and post-program survey responses in year one of the program in the developer’s home state of Indiana. This is (Not) About Drugs is currently under review by the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and has gained national attention as leading the way in opioids/heroin prevention education.
Delivery of This is (Not) About Drugs in the Cambria-Somerset region is funded by Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Lee Initiatives, PA Office of Attorney General and UPMC Health Plan with added support from JWF Industries, Portage Rotary Club and an anonymous donor. The Learning Lamp is scheduling now for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, call Val at 814-262-0732 ext. 292 or email email@example.com.
ALCOHOL LITERACY CHALLENGE
Alcohol Literacy Challenge is a new approach to alcohol prevention. Listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs, the curriculum combines Alcohol Expectancy Theory with Media Literacy Education to challenge teens’ beliefs about the “benefits” of drinking alcohol. Through the review of 12 current multi-media examples portraying, parodying and analyzing alcohol advertising, students in grades 9-12 will:
- identify what expectations the media is selling and challenge the validity of those expectations
- learn the brain science behind alcohol expectancy
- differentiate between actual mental and physical effects of drinking
- redefine their own alcohol expectations based on knowledge gained
The result is reduced quantity and frequency of alcohol use among high school students after only a 90-minute intervention (two sessions).
The Learning Lamp is scheduling ALC in schools in Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties for the 2015-16 school year. For more information, call Lisa at 814-262-0732 x249 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOTVIN LIFESKILLS TRAINING
Botvin LifeSkills Training is a research-validated prevention program proven to reduce the odds of substance abuse and violence. The free program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, promotes healthy alternatives to risky behaviors through interactive activities that teach young teens the skills they need to reduce peer pressure, develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence, cope with anxiety, and understand of immediate consequences of substance abuse.
Aligned with State Standards
Botvin LST is aligned with PA Academic Standards for:
- Health, Safety, and Physical Education
- Family and Consumer Science
- English and Language Arts
- Student Interpersonal Skills
The curriculum helps teens strengthen their drug resistance, self-management and general social skills.
Scheduling is now underway for public and non-public schools in Cambria County. Sessions can start any time throughout the school year. For additional information, call Lisa at 814-262-0732 x249 or 1-855-301-LAMP (5267). Email her at email@example.com.
TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS
Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is a comprehensive research-based prevention program currently available to students in grades 3 – 5 in Cambria and Somerset Counties. Studies show that students who complete TGFD show improved social, emotional, resistance, and goal-setting skills. In addition, the majority perceive drug use as wrong, risky or harmful. During the program, children learn to:
- Develop goal-setting strategies
- Strengthen communications skills
- Improve conflict avoidance and management abilities
- Identify factors that can lead to substance abuse
- Effectively refuse peer pressure
- See ways in which friends and family influence their decisions
- Understand how tobacco, alcohol, and drug use can affect a person’s physical and emotional health
To schedule Too Good for Drugs or for more information, please contact Ashley at 814-262-0732 x286 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.