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

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Surgeon General names Botvin LifeSkills Training to Prevent Substance Use

December 16, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Earlier this month, the U.S. Surgeon General released a new report on the addiction epidemic in this country asking communities to focus on evidence-based prevention. The report titled Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health named the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program as an effective prevention program for adolescents aged 10 to 18.

rxAccording to the report, effective prevention programs can delay early use, stop the progression to addiction, and avoid the need for treatment. After an extensive review of published research studies, the Surgeon General identified LST as a prevention program that successfully reduces the number of people who start using alcohol or drugs.  “One well-researched and widely used program is LifeSkills Training, a school-based program delivered over 3 years. Research has shown that this training delayed early use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances…”

Over 30 years of rigorous research show LST as a method for preventing multiple problems—such as alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug abuse, as well as delinquency and violence—using a single prevention program.  The centerpiece of the LST strategy is a curriculum designed to be taught by classroom teachers, health educators, prevention specialists, or student peer leaders.

“We know that effective prevention programs can produce a powerful public health benefit by reducing tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use. But this report also shows that evidence-based programs are highly underutilized,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and developer of the LST program. “Increased attention must be given to promoting the use of programs that work. A relatively small upfront investment in a proven prevention program such as LST can yield tremendous health and economic benefits.”

About Botvin LifeSkills Training      

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly acclaimed, evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program. LST has been extensively tested and proven to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%. Long-term follow-up studies show that it produces prevention effects that are durable and long-lasting. Visit http://www.lifeskillstraining.com for more information.

Contact:

Paulina Kalaj

Director, Communications & Media Relations

National Health Promotion Associates

1-800-293-4969 ext. 214

 


Senate Passes Legislation to Reauthorize STOP Act, Provide $1 Billion for Combating Opioid Crisis

December 8, 2016

The U.S. Senate has just voted in an overwhelming fashion to pass the 21 st Century Cures Act, a landmark piece of legislation that includes a reauthorization of the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act and provides $1 billion over two years for grants to states to tackle the opioid crisis in a comprehensive manner that includes prevention strategies. The bill will now go to the President’s desk, where he has already indicated that he will sign it into law.

The 21 st Century Cures Act includes $1 billion over two years for grants to States to tackle the opioid crisis in a comprehensive manner that specifically includes prevention, treatment, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP), and prescriber training. Prevention is a necessary and critical component of any comprehensive response to the opioids crisis, and these grants will be immensely helpful for States to tackle their local overdose emergencies.


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