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Prevention & Education

Preventing Substance Abuse

Educating children and teens about the physiological and legal dangers of substance use is critical to reducing their risk factors. The Pathways Prevention Education Program provides a number of proven, evidence-based substance use prevention programs for schools and groups that can help you make a measurable difference in your community.

Project ALERT

A free, classroom-based substance abuse and use prevention program for seventh and eighth graders that’s proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs. Through a series of comprehensive lessons, Project ALERT motivates students against drug use/substance abuse, cultivates new non-use attitudes and beliefs, and equips teens with the skills and strategies they need to resist drugs.

Since its launch, nationally, Project Alert has led to a:

  • 60% reduction in current marijuana use
  • 40% reduction in students already experimenting with cigarettes
  • 24% reduction in alcohol misuse
  • 20% reduction in highest-risk early drinkers

Substance Abuse Prevention Community Presentations

Pathways provides substance abuse prevention lessons that can be tailored for your specific audience, including :

  • Camps
  • After-school programs
  • Assisted living homes
  • PTAs, PTOs, and parent groups
  • Community health events
  • Town-hall meetings
  • Health/wellness classes
  • Professional development

Substance Abuse Awareness Campaigns

Pathways will coordinate nationally and state-recognized substance abuse prevention awareness campaigns with your school, organization, or group for events such as Alcohol Awareness Month, Red Ribbon Week, and Tobacco Free Kids Week.

Why is Substance Abuse Prevention Education Important?

  • Research shows that evidence-based programs offered by Pathways can significantly reduce early use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. National drug-use surveys indicate some children are already abusing drugs by age 13.
  • Substance use prevention education provides information for parents on the importance of their role in preventing substance abuse in their teens.
  • Federal funding for most school systems’ drug free programs has been cut. Pathways Prevention Education Program ensures schools have a critical resource in substance abuse prevention information.

Schedule a Substance Abuse Prevention Program or Event Now

To learn more about these programs or to schedule one for your school or group, please call Pathways now at 410-573-5400.