What's happening in 8th grade health?

We will be starting a program called Project ALERT in your son/daughter’s class. Project ALERT is an age-appropriate substance abuse prevention curriculum proven effective in reducing experimentation among teens, and in reducing usage among teens who experiment.
Project ALERT contains eleven lessons in its initial year that focus on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalants - those substances that are the first and most widely used by young people today. Project ALERT’s focus is on motivating non-use, learning to recognize pressures to use, and on developing and practicing skills to resist these pressures.
Our school district is committed to providing the most effective approaches to preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in our schools and communities. We know that prevention of drug use and abuse is most effective when it is a partnership between the community, the home and at school. At the start of the program, you will receive a letter introducing Project Alert, and explaining more about it.