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NCJ Number: 250575 Find in a Library
Title: Cranford Community Embraces Anti-Drug and Alcohol Abuse Message
Journal: TECHBeat  Dated:January 2017  Pages:10-14
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Editor(s): Michele Coppola
Date Published: January 2017
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article; Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes an anti-drug and anti- alcohol abuse program in Cranford, NJ, that relies on the leadership of school resource officers (SROs) and a revised version of Project A.L.E.R.T. ( Adolescent Learning Experience Resistance Training).
Abstract: The program developed under a collaboration between the Cranford Police Department and the Cranford Board of Education. The intervention begins with classes for students in the sixth grade. Project A.L.E.R.T. sessions occur twice a week for 5 weeks, covering topics related to the use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, with attention to ways to resist internal and external pressures from peers and the media that encourage the use of drugs and alcohol. Students receive additional instruction in the eighth grade. The police department and the Cranford High School Students Assistance Counselor developed an original course called High School 101 for incoming freshmen. SROs and high school counselors team up to reinforce the lessons learned in the lower grades. The entire community of approximately 24,000 residents has become involved through community-wide projects that counter drug abuse.
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Juvenile drug use; New Jersey; School Resource Officers (SRO); School-Based Programs
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