Schools Combat Opioid Crisis with Botvin LifeSkills’ New Rx Module

November 17, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Schools and communities are implementing a new module to combat the prescription drug and opioid crisis, now regarded as a national emergency. National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), the researchers behind Botvin LifeSkills Training, developed a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module to help youth avoid the dangers of prescription drug or opioid misuse/abuse.

The new LST Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module gives teens the skills and knowledge necessary to help them avoid the misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.   Available in a variety of formats that allows for both online and classroom delivery, the new module is ideal for school districts, community-based organizations, and agencies serving students in grades 6 – 9. The module is flexible enough to enhance the evience-based Botvin LifeSkills Training program or to be integrated into existing prevention programming.

The new module is designed to further enhance the effectiveness of the LST Middle School program, which has already been proven to reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse. A recent study funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed that the LST Middle School program delivered in 7th grade classrooms helped students avoid misusing/abusing prescriptions opioids and other drugs throughout their teen years. NHPA researchers say that the addition of this new module will reinforce the already effective LST program.

“NHPA is a leader in quality, effective evidence-based prevention education.  While our core Middle School program already has evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse, the addition of this new module will help to specifically address the epidemic facing our nation.   The LST program has been tested through more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research and has identified prevention approaches that are effective, produce lasting results, and can save taxpayers a good deal of money,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and developer of the LST program. “Let’s stop prescription opioid abuse before it begins. Now is the time to unleash the power of prevention.”

More than 35 federally funded studies have demonstrated that LST protects teens against tobacco, alcohol, substance use, and other problem behaviors such as delinquency and violence. According to a 2013 report on the economic benefit of evidence-based prevention programs, LST produced a $38 benefit for every $1 invested in terms of reduced corrections costs, welfare and social services burden, drug and mental health treatment; and increased employment and tax revenue. LST had the highest return on investment of all substance abuse prevention curricula studied.

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Free Provider Training in Ohio

November 14, 2017

Prevention Action Alliance is hosting five (5) regional Middle School trainings and five (5) regional High School trainings. Please review the dates and locations below prior to making your ticket selection. If you would like to attend both Middle and High School trainings, you will need to complete each registration separately.

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Who should attend this training:
• Classroom teachers
• School counselors
• Prevention specialists
• Health professionals
• Mental Health Professionals
• Social Workers
• Community youth educators
• Law Enforcement Officers
• Older peer leaders

Cost: FREE

Lunch and a light breakfast will be included with your registration, and RCH’s will be available upon completion. Click here for dates or to register

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Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance misuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug misuse, Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:
– Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
– Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
– Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
– Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance misuse
– Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors


Advocates Recommend Botvin LifeSkills Training to Replace D.A.R.E.

November 8, 2017

In declaring a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic, President Trump called for the creation of a national media campaign to reduce drug use among young people.

As part of PBS NewsHour’s America Addicted series, William Brangham speaks with Gary Mendell of Shatterproof about what should be done to prevent addiction.

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“For example, there is a program called LifeSkills that’s in about 3 or 4% of our middle schools. It has great research behind it that shows that it works. Alternatively, there’s research that shows that DARE, which is in about 75% of our middle schools, doesn’t work. So, if we can move our middle schools to using LifeSkills, instead of DARE, the opportunity to reduce the number of our teens who ever use drugs is substantially higher.”  – Gary Mendell, Shatterproof

Interested in learning more about the evidence-based Botvin LifeSkills Training program? Email us for sample lessons, to request a preview copy of the curriculum, or register to attend an overview webinar presentation.

NIDA: LifeSkills Training Shields Teens from Prescription Opioid Abuse

November 7, 2017

Research reveals communities should consider a different strategy to combat the growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse among youth; an evidence-based program called Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST). The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)supported researchers reported that the LST prevention curriculum, delivered in 7th grade classrooms, helps students avoid misusing prescription opioids throughout their teen years.rx

Through the LST program, students learn not only how to resist pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs. They also learn important life skills such as how to make informed decisions and solve problems, how to manage stress and anxiety, and how to communicate clearly. The combination of drug resistance skills and life skills has proven to be a powerful formula for preventing drug use and even violence.

The new evaluation also determined that LST’s impact on prescription opioid misuse made it a good financial investment for communities.  The evaluation showed that communities that implemented LST more than recouped its cost in reduced health, social, and other expenditures related to teen prescription opioid misuse.

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Webinar: How LifeSkills Training can Keep Kids Healthy and Drug-free (space is limited)

November 6, 2017

Join us on this free webinar to learn more about the highly effective Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program and how it can positively impact the lives of youth in elementary, middle, and high school. Explore the LST structure and learn how it can be an effective, enjoyable, and easy-to-teach program!picture1

Botvin LifeSkills Training:   A Proven Program for Drug-free Youth

School districts, individual schools, and their partner agencies are challenged now more than ever with a number of social, emotional, and environmental needs that impact the lives of the youth they serve. Time and resources are at a premium which demands an approach that is not only diverse in it reach, but delivers multiple outcomes, meaningful change, and results.

In fact, the Surgeon General recently named LifeSkills Training (LST) as one of the most effective school-based programs for adolescents aged 10 to 18.*  The LST program is research validated, has universal appeal, is age and developmentally appropriate, will change the lives of the youth you serve for the better.

Join us to learn how the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program has been proven to reduce alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug abuse. In addition, research on LST demonstrated reductions in violence, delinquency, and most recently, prescription and opioid misuse among middle school aged-youth.

*Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, 2016

Space is limited! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.


Teaching Marijuana Prevention (for health educators)

October 30, 2017

NHPA is pleased to offer Substance Abuse Prevention Workshops designed for health educators and professionals seeking to expand their experience, knowledge, and skills related to prevention education.

Teaching Marijuana Prevention – 2-part workshop on 12/6 & 12/12

The status of marijuana has undergone rapid legal and cultural shifts in recent years. These changes present specific challenges to school and community health educators.

In this workshop, participants will explore the social and legal trends in acceptance, the pharmacology of marijuana, and effective strategies for responding to the misconceptions adolescents hold about marijuana.

COST: $300 per person.   SPACE IS LIMITED!

NHPA TMP Dec 6 12 2017


Why starting young with prevention is key to combat opioid crisis

October 12, 2017

Schools and communities are searching for new tools to combat the prescription drug and opioid crisis, now regarded as a national emergency.

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A 2015 study funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that there are evidence-based programs available that help students avoid misusing prescription opioids throughout their teenage years. And research suggests that these programs work better than traditional anti-drug abuse lectures (“Just Say No”) by strengthening children’s self-esteem, decision-making, and communication skills.

National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), the researchers behind Botvin LifeSkills Training have developed a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module to prevent youth opioid and Rx drug misuse/abuse.

The new LST Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module gives teens the skills and knowledge necessary to help them avoid the misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.  It will be available in a variety of formats that will allow for both online and classroom delivery. The new module is ideal for school districts, community-based organizations, and agencies serving students in grades 6 – 9. The module is flexible enough to enhance the award-winning Botvin LifeSkills Training program or to be integrated into existing prevention programming.

The new module is designed to further enhance the effectiveness of the LST Middle School program, which has been proven to reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse.

Let’s stop prescription opioid abuse before it begins. Now is the time to unleash the power of prevention.


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