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Free Evidence-Based Programming for Middle and High School Students
You hear a rumor about a friend. Will you…
(A) Repeat that rumor
(B) Say nothing
(C) Not Sure
TGFD Take a Stand Activity Grade 7
As the new Mercer County Prevention Grant facilitator, I am excited to have these tough conversations with middle schoolers. I am thrilled to have joined a team of energized people seeking to address addiction through education, innovation, and awareness. Research suggests that life skills programs work better than traditional anti-drug abuse lectures by strengthening children's self-esteem, decision-making, and communication skills. Too Good for Drugs and Violence (TGFDV) and Botvin's LifeSkills Training (LST) are research-based prevention curricula that promote health and well-being among adolescents through the delivery of a combination of health information, general life skills, and drug resistance skills. A 2015 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that LST provided to 7th graders helped them avoid misusing prescription opioids throughout their teenage years.
Gratefully through the support of the Mercer County Office of Addiction Services, these programs are provided free of charge to certain areas within Mercer County, New Jersey!
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