Surgeon General names LifeSkills Training as one of the most effective school-based programs

January 23, 2017

Recently the U.S. Surgeon General released a landmark 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.

The Surgeon General’s Office reviewed nearly 600 programs and cited only 42 programs as evidence-based, that is – proven scientifically effective. LifeSkills Training was highlighted as one of three of the most effective school-based program for kids ages 10-18.

According 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…”


New Fact Sheet on U.S. Demand Reduction Efforts from ONDCP

April 2, 2010

On Monday the ONDCP released the U.S. Demand Reduction Efforts Fact Sheet to highlight programs they support to prevent initial drug use, and treat those who already use. The Obama administration has requested greater support for demand reduction in the FY 2011 Budget. The budget reflects a 6.5% increase in requested funds (when compared to the 2010 enacted Budget), the largest increase in requested funds of all types of counter-drug programs.

More importantly, the administration is requesting a 13% increase in prevention funds for 2011. See below for the section on prevention:

Prevention is most successful when messages are conveyed at home (core values); reinforced in schools, workplaces, and community organizations (reinforcing values). They should link prevention and overall health, reflecting shared social norms (prevailing values).

Prevention Prepared Communities: The FY 2011 request includes $15 million for a pilot network of “prevention-prepared communities.” These offer continuous evidence-based interventions throughout adolescence. $5.6 million are requested for community specialists to develop prevention-prepared communities and increase State agency collaboration. Activities include State-level drug monitoring, technical assistance, and mentoring networks. Also, $2.0 million is requested to fund evaluations of the pilot program.

Research. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will invest $435.2 million in FY 2011 to research the effectiveness of drug prevention.

The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. The FY 2011 request of $66.5 million targets youth and their parents through advertising and public outreach on television, radio, in magazines and on the internet. For more information go to:

Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program. The FY 2011 request of $85.5 million for DFC provides grants of up to $125,000 per year, for a maximum of 10 years, to local coalitions to mobilize communities against drugs. Similar coalitions funded in part through the State Department exist in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil and South Africa. For more information go to:

Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students. FY-2011 requests $283.1 million to support school based prevention programs.

Mark your Calendars: National Youth Violence Prevention Week, 3/22 – 3/26

March 16, 2010

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence.

This weeklong national education initiative involves activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.

Click here to learn more about preventing youth violence and delinquency through a universal school-based prevention approach.

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