- Prevention & Education
- Resources for Schools
CVS Health Pharmacists Teach
The CVS Health Pharmacists Program is used to educate teens and parents about prescription drug abuse, offered at no cost. Local pharmacists deliver the presentation "One Choice Changes Everything" to students in grades 7 through 12 at schools, youth organizations, or faith-based groups. Students learn the facts and hear stories of other teens whose lives were forever changed by misusing prescription drugs. Email to request a free teen or parent presentation.
DuPage County Health Department
The DuPage County Health Department’s Health Promotions team provides free health education programming to DuPage County schools. The programs offered focus on mental health, life skills (including the evidence-based Botvin LifeSkills Training), drug prevention, nutrition and physical activity, and disease prevention. Learn more about current program offerings (best viewed using Google Chrome), or email the Health Promotions team to request health education programming.
Lions Quest Social & Emotional Learning Program
Lions Quest is an evidence-based, Pre-K through 12 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program in use by educators in over 90 countries around the world. Social and emotional skills provide the foundation for preventing risky behaviors and substance use. Visit the Lion’s Quest website for more information about the curriculum, pricing, and information on how to order Lions Quest.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Lesson Plan & Activity Finder
Find free science and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs - all funded or created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Operation Prevention’s classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce students to the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body.
Candor Health Education Drug Education Curriculum
Candor Health Education provides drug education programming for students in grades 4-8 through its spiraled Science Behind Drugs curriculum. Additionally, the Candor Health Education Drug Education Portal provides many free resources to teach young people about the impact of certain drugs on the developing brain and body. These resources, designed for young people ages 12-18, include: graphic novels, short animations, trivia, games and more. Teachers and parents are encouraged to use these resources to get the conversation started about drugs and keep it going! Content is updated regularly to promote ongoing learning and engagement. Visit the Candor Health Education website for more information and to access the Candor Health Education Drug Education Portal.
SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Program & Practices (NREPP)
SAMHSA’s NREPP promotes the adoption of scientifically established behavioral health interventions. Search the database to find interventions reviewed by NREPP.
Public and private high school students from across DuPage County schools are welcome to participate in an after school group, where they advocate for a healthier community. Reality is committed to positive youth development, substance use prevention, and more. Students gain leadership skills by working for policy changes that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, hear from guest speakers, and plan events. For more information, email Gilda Ross, Glenbard Student and Community Projects Coordinator.